Two of the most experienced archaeology and built-heritage practices in the UK, MOLA and Headland Archaeology, have combined their expertise to form MOLA Headland Infrastructure. The consortium has been formed specifically to deliver archaeological and heritage services to large, world-class infrastructure projects, that require large numbers of experts, programme certainty and a thorough understanding of the issues facing major construction programmes.

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) is an experienced and innovative archaeology and built heritage practice. They have been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years across the UK and internationally on some of the most complex schemes including Crossrail and the Olympic Park among others. MOLA’s 300 staff are based in London, Northampton, Birmingham and Basingstoke.

MOLA is very proud of its award-winning community engagement and education programmes, which are founded on partnership and participation.  The research we conduct as part of the planning and development process takes place alongside our own academic research strategy and we set out to share the knowledge and information we generate with the widest audience in ways which strengthen communities and create a sense of place.

MOLA is an independent charitable company limited by guarantee (company number 07751831; charity number 1143574) registered in England and Wales, with a subsidiary, MOLA Northampton (company number 8727508; charity number 1155198). Registered office: Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED.

Headland Archaeology is one of the leading archaeological contractors in the UK with a strong commitment to commercially-focused client delivery and a proven track-record in successfully completing some of the most complex archaeological projects on time and budget. With a regional network of four offices across the UK, Headland can provide essential local knowledge and resources nation-wide.

Headland has established a leading reputation for successfully delivering archaeological services on large, fast-track infrastructure projects; to date they have recorded the archaeology along over 500 miles of roads and rail. Examples include the 58km Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), Forth Replacement Crossing, M74 Completion Project, Edinburgh Trams Project, A1, A2 and A4/A5 Road Improvement Schemes (Northern Ireland), Clyde Wind Farm (Europe’s largest consented wind farm), Staffordshire Rail Alliance, Hereford Cathedral and Blackburn St’ Peter’s Church cemetery. For all of the many road schemes, Headland was the Principal Contractor. The works involved major earthworks which were sub-contracted, managed and supervised on-site by Headland. For the AWPR, Clyde and Staffordshire  Headland was retained as Archaeological Clerk of Works during the Construction Phase.


MOLA Headland Infrastructure has put partnership and collaborative working at the heart of the consortium offering. We have invested considerable time and effort in creating a common vision, shared by all the members of the consortium team that supersedes that of each individual organisation. In our experience, collaboration reduces risks to the project, increases productivity and fosters the development of long-term, non-adversarial relationships within an environment of mutual respect, trust and transparency.

We fully embrace working as a trusted partner rather than a sub-contractor and it is a behaviour that we already apply with our own sub-contractors. We believe that being part of the same team and sharing risks delivers benefits to all businesses involved.