Leading Archaeology Firm crosses its Rubicon as it announces its expansion into Scotland

Leading Archaeology Firm crosses its Rubicon as it announces its expansion into Scotland

22 February 2012

Leading archaeological consultancy, Rubicon Heritage Services (formerly Headland Archaeology (Ireland) Ltd.) is pleased to announce its latest expansion into the Scottish and other UK markets, valued at approximately £60million per annum.

Rebranded in late 2011, Rubicon Heritage Services is confident about the future as there is a growing demand for their services in Scotland and the UK. As the name suggests, they do all things heritage, not just archaeological excavation. Rubicon's highly experienced team includes a number of staff with long experience in the Scottish market. All are experts in their respective fields, and their established track record of professionalism, efficiency and delivery, are second to none.

Rubicon has a long tradition of involvement in heritage projects and outreach, an area the business is passionate about. Their team's expertise has seen them undertake many important heritage projects for both the public and private sectors to date, ranging from heritage inventories and audits through to ground-breaking survey work on entire monument classes types.

Recent heritage work undertaken by Rubicon in Scotland includes conducting geophysics in advance of the New Forth Replacement Crossing, as well as on St. Ninian's United Free Church and Logie Old Kirk Church in Stirling on behalf of Stirling County Council, with a view to discovering evidence of the early medieval Pictish enclosures from when the churches were founded.

Managing Director of Rubicon Colm Moloney worked in Scotland for many years, and was the archaeological Project Manager on the New Scottish Parliament site in Holyrood, the largest urban excavation ever undertaken in the country. Commenting on the expansion and current projects, he said "These are very exciting times for Rubicon. We are beginning to see real growth again in our industry, with a significant increase in demand for archaeological services in the domestic market over the last few months. We are one of the largest archaeological firms in Europe, supplying services to the UK, Ireland and further afield; with offices in Scotland, England and Ireland. Our new independent status allows us to move into the UK market for the first time in our trading history, so we are determined to grab this opportunity and really grow again!" 

Many of Rubicon's staff are Scottish, and the expansion is a particular source of pride to Director Ross MacLeod, a native Glaswegian and graduate of the University of Glasgow. He said "Due to our previous involvement in the UK within the Headland Group, forging strong relationships over a decade, we are well positioned to break into the UK market and we are committed to making this happen within the next twelve months. This will mean big things for us, big things for archaeology in this country."

The new shareholders of Rubicon Heritage Services are Colm Moloney, Damian Shiels, Ross Macleod and Louise Baker; and further information on the company is available at www.rubiconheritage.com.