Worcestershire Land Surveyors in action

How are we nearly 3 months into 2019 ? More to the point how can A D Horner Limited have been providing land and measured building surveys for the last 30 years across Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and beyond?

This year so far has seen us undertaking floor plans and elevations of numerous barns in the Forest of Dean, a shopping centre conversion in Gloucester, a Worcester city centre measured building survey and so much more.



uilding survey, Worcestershire
Measuring elevations for a measured building survey Worcestershire

Land Surveyors Devon

We are a modest bunch. Maybe too much so, but twice this week so far we have heard praise for our land surveys, because unlike so many of our competitors, they are comprehensive and accurate.

That’s just the basics surely ? How can some competitors have been in business for so long and yet produce frankly shoddy work ?

The answer is of course that, you don’t know what you don’t know…. until you have worked with a proper land survey, you don’t realise what you have been missing out on. Devon Land Surveys – it’s just what we do, clearly so much better than most.

When we talk to new clients they mention time and time again the same competitor names, along with the comment that they will never use them again, because of issues that they have had with their survey work.

Thankfully we would like to think we make a great alternative !

Devon Land and Measured Building Surveys

Our Devon office continues to grow it’s reputation, as providers of the best measured surveys in the area. We continually hear complaints about the general quality of survey work produced by some of our competitors.

So what have our Devon based teams been up to recently ?

Hotel floor plan survey

We have been busy measuring floor plans for two large hotel projects in Cornwall, elevations and floor plans on the Hoe :-



Lovely elevations of this property on The Hoe Plymouth 

We have also completed many smaller projects too, including land surveys throughout Plymouth, Exeter and the South Hams area. We’ve measured boathouses in Salcombe and barns in Yelverton and all sorts of houses and cottages in between.

For more examples and information on the difference we can make to your project, see our main website www.adhorner.co.uk


Land survey quality and prices

‘I have this great price and it is £x cheaper than yours.’ That’s a comment we hear sometimes, from a client or from a consultant who has not worked with us before. There is of course a reason for this.

We also get ‘We have inherited this measured survey, but we do not trust it’ and also ‘we had a survey done, but it is lacking the detail our consultants need.’

Look at this example extract from a very small survey site.


It looks okay doesn’t it ? It’s a land survey of a bit of garden with a stream along one side.

It shows the trees, but no detail like height or species. It has a few levels, but no contours. Descriptive text is always very useful, as often consultants work on projects, without ever attending site.

Did you realise that the blue shape was a stream ? Can you guess which way it flows ?

Is that a pristine paddock in front of the stables ? Is it level across it ?

Are the stables single storey / flat roof ? What about the gate and hardstanding areas by the stables?

Are there any neighbouring buildings that the planners might need to see in context ? What height are they at ?

Planners like information. They cannot throw out your application and say ‘how will this fit in with what is next door ?’ Or if you are replacing a building ‘how will this compare with the volume of the existing building ?’ as all the information is already there.

This saves you delays and hopefully money. Your architects spend less time visiting the site and adding information to it, they spend less time trying to work out what is actually there because we believe in labeling our drawings.  Send the drawings to a builder and they have more information to work with, again there are cost savings.

This is what a comprehensive site survey of the same area looks like. All our surveys contain this much detail as standard (unless for some specific reason you tell us otherwise.)


Our survey of the same site, but with all the detail. It’s a bit like buying a car with just three wheels. You might get there but…


Land and measured building surveys – quality v cost

We are not big enough to undertake all the work that we are asked to quote for. Competition is fine, as long as it is fair competition and all the surveys will be of the same standard.

Unfortunately if the quotation brief only requests ‘ a land survey of the area marked in red’, then there is likely to be a large difference in quality as well as price. Imagine if you asked the builder to build you a house, but specified nothing further……

   you might end up with either 

Sadly it is often only after the completed survey comes back that the designer realises that the level of detail included is not fit for the purpose that they had intended. This is why we always issue a detailed brief which covers what we will include. Nearly 30 years of working with architects and designers means we have a fair idea of what information is likely to be required.

Don’t tell anyone, but we keep a folder, into which we place ‘questionable quality’ surveys, which we are sometimes sent. Often these are forwarded to us by regular clients who do not   ‘trust’ the previous survey, or need the original survey to be supplemented with additional information, as the original survey failed to gather everything required.

The annoying thing is that someone has already been paid to undertake this work.

Caveat Emptor

Highest price does not necessarily mean the best, but if you get more than 3 prices for something and the lowest is much lower than the others then you should really ask yourself why ?

Effectively you are buying time from us. Typically a degree educated surveyor with several years of experience,  a technician to assist and then maybe £20 000 worth of surveying kit, plus then insurance and the costs of processing and drawing the data.  This is true for anyone in the industry and with several teams of surveyors our fixed costs are pretty low.

We maintain very extensive records as to our productivity, so we have great faith in our quotations. Thus it suggests that if someone is charging half the price, then they are spending a lot less time than we were going to and it infers either the accuracy or the content (or both) will not be to the same standard.

It is such a shame to only later realise that the levels are not correct, or that you need to pay for someone to return to site to gather height information on surrounding buildings, or tree diameters for example, which we would have included as standard.

Further discussion on this topic can be found at the following link:

Pricing of Land and Measured Building Surveys

Snow Land surveying in Worcestershire

There are times when no matter how much planning you do, the weather still gets the better of you. Fortunately our fantastic staff were well prepared and although there was not much land or measured building surveying completed on site on Monday, by our midlands based staff, there was plenty of drawing completed. Of course our Devon office was totally green.

Interesting land surveying conditions

Summer land surveys

Don’t forget when you are out and about to put on sun tan cream and a hat and take plenty of water with you. Such are the perils of land surveying in the summer time.

As lovely as it is to be outdoors in the summertime there are different weather hazards (under snow it is very hard to see features on the ground!) like wasp nests and waste high nettles. Thankfully we can often move inside where it is cool and dry and measure some floor plans !

Traditional OS benchmark to Newlyn Level Datum

New Career Opportunity – Land and Measured Building Surveyor

We are looking for an assistant to join our team team full time as an assistant. This is a great career opening for the right candidate.

You need to have a good level of english and maths, be interested in maps and buildings, IT literate and a car owner. We work anywhere in the UK so sometimes the days will be long and occasional overnight stays should be expected. Initially you’ll be on site helping to gather site data, but we hope you would progress to drawing and surveying elements of your own. If interested please send CV to enquiries@adhorner.co.uk

Celebrating 5000 Land and Measured Building Surveys

It took 9557 days (just over 26 years) to reach the milestone but Wednesday 15th February 2016 saw an order placed for our 5000th land or measured building survey.  We were hoping that when the 5000th order came in it would not be a 1960’s takeaway restaurant, but rather something more fitting. We are pleased to report that indeed it is a lovely thatched cottage, in Witney, Oxfordshire.

Steady’s Lane

Beautiful to look at and interesting to measure, this makes a noteworthy 5000th survey.

We have never counted the exact split, but would imagine that we have completed over 3000 land surveys and approaching 2000 measured building surveys (either floor plans or elevations or both).

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