CGI of The Stage in Shoreditch, London

Curtain Playhouse heritage consultancy

Plough Yard Developments

MOLA specialists were commissioned by Plough Yard Developments to help assess site feasibility with a view to achieving planning consent on a site known to be located on the remains of Shakespeare’s Curtain Playhouse.

'Our experience of working with MOLA was second to none. Following the discovery [of the Curtain Theatre], the advice from MOLA continued to be practical, striking the right balance between the heritage outlook and commercial pressures.' Director of Plough Yard Developments Ltd.

Our consultants first determined the nature of the archaeology through Desk-Based Assessment and trial excavation. In an advisory capacity, we worked with the developer to progress their project design to both minimise the impact on the buried archaeology and maximise its potential as an asset to the development and the wider community. As a result, plans for the site developed to incorporate a centre for culture and learning and Plough Yard Developments achieved planning.

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