Policy paper

HS2 Phase One Historic Environment Research and Delivery Strategy

The strategy covers all aspects of the historic environment including built heritage, archaeology and the historic landscape.



The Generic Written Scheme of Investigation (GWSI) Historic Environment Research and Delivery Strategy (HERDS) sets out the project mechanisms for designing works, undertaking evaluation, delivering investigations, undertaking post excavation assessment, and archive deposition that will be adopted for the design and construction of Phase One of High Speed Two (HS2).

The GWSI: HERDS is the lead document for all historic environment works on Phase One of HS2, as set out in the Heritage Memorandum. It ensures that HS2 will appropriately manage and protect people, communities and the natural, cultural and built environment.

This document will be reviewed and updated, if required, every 6 months as HS2’s understanding develops with the progression of the work.

Published 6 September 2017