COPA – Professional Archaeology for HS2. Cotswold-Oxford-Pre-construct Archeology.

who we are

COPA is a consortium formed of three of the largest and most successful commercial archaeological contractors in the UK: Cotswold Archaeology, Oxford Archaeology and Pre-Construct Archaeology. We have a combined turnover of c £25m and, between us, a total of 92 years in business. This joint arrangement brings together three highly experienced Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) Registered Organisations, each with a long established track record of delivery of large-scale and high-quality projects.

why we formed

We have come together to allow us to bid for elements of the archaeological work required during the HS2 Phase 1 Enabling Works and beyond, and in response to the likely scale and programme constraints of the works. Our shared values, commitment and experience make us a natural fit – COPA as a whole will be far greater than the sum of its parts. Our combined capacity and expertise will help ensure success, both in terms of the resource levels required but also in the provision of the innovative and responsive approach that will be needed on archaeological works of such an unprecedented scale.

our capacity

In addition to our combined capacity of over 650 staff, together we have offices in London, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge (x2), Winchester, Andover, Market Harborough, Cirencester, Lancaster and Durham.

We currently employ 16 Senior Managers, 79 Project Managers, 148 Project Officers and Supervisors, 26 Surveyors and Geomaticians, 23 Illustrators, 62 Specialists (covering a very wide range of Finds and Environmental specialisms, as well as Osteoarchaeology, Geoarchaeology and Historic Buildings), 6 IT Officers, 7 H and S Advisors, 30 Finance and Admin staff and 255 Field Technicians. All are employed on a full time basis.

our offices

map of our offices

how to contact us

John Dillon
COPA HS2 Project Director
c/o Cotswold Archaeology, Stanley House,
Walworth Road, Andover, Hants. SP10 5LH
T: 01264 347 634
Mob: 07545 644 179

Dan Poore MCIfA TechIOSH
COPA HS2 Bid Manager
c/o Oxford Archaeology, Janus House,
Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES
T: 01865 980 725
Mob: 07725 782 597