Chester Northgate Archaeological trial pits

14 February 2018

Archaeologists will be onsite in Chester from 19 February with a small series of trial pits around the Chester Northgate site. 

Starting at Hamilton Place by Dial House and Trinity Street by Hamilton House on 19 February, followed by works at Princess Street from 26 February.

The work at each location should take no more than five to seven days and positions have been carefully picked to minimise the impact on the public and surrounding areas. The work areas will have appropriate traffic management in place to protect members of the public and the workforce.

Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure said: “We don’t expect any disruption for drivers, pedestrians or businesses.The trial holes in Princess Street will require diversions for drivers along Hunter Street and could take up to two weeks. 

"During this time the Shopper Hopper Service will drop off and pick up at the old bus stand 13 on Princess Street, next to the taxi rank. ”  
The works are required as part of Chester Northgate which will transform the northwest corner of the city with a new market hall, housing, shops, a multi-screen cinema, cafes, bars and restaurants, new hotel, parking for 800 cars, and over 1000 new jobs.

For further information about Chester Northgate visit: or to discuss a particular issue, please call: 0300 123 8123
Planned Work programme
  • 19 - 23 February, Hamilton Place and Trinity Street
  • 26 February - 8 March, Princess Street

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