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.
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).
The start of 2016 has seen several teams of our surveyors busy in various locations in Warwickshire, from Leamington Spa to Studley, Warwick to Alcester, undertaking both land surveys and land and measured building surveys.
Recent projects have included a former shopping centre, soon to be a prestigious retail store, a residential care home, a former glove factory, a drinks factory, several hospital car parks, a couple of schools and the usual array of gardens and measured building surveys of residential properties.
We have recently come across some of the latest graduates from The University of Exeter, which is a great local, 1 year course for those wishing to follow a land surveying career, following a degree in geography, earth science, economics or engineering. More information on careers as a land surveyor can be found on our web site.
It can be really odd how you do not undertake any work in a particular area for a while, then a whole series of unrelated surveys happens in a particular location. For us this has recently occurred in Exeter.
We have undertaken several land surveys in Exeter in the last few weeks and a couple of measured building surveys within the city limits too. Variety is definitely one of the perks of the job of a land surveyor, coupled with being able to see a bit of once waste ground turned into housing or an income generating business location once more.
Not that with some of the recent weather you could tell where we are. Clearly the reasons staff wear hi-vis clothing is so they can find each other on site…..
January has seen us off to a flying start with lots of local land and measured building surveys, plus the odd trip out further afield, to London and Surrey.
Our Devon office continues to grow in size and reputation, with orders received from as far away as Australia. We have been busy so far this year with land and measured building surveys in Plymouth, Exeter and our usual lovely haunts like Hope, Wembury, Salcombe and Totnes.
Watching a property porn programme last week, just shows again that having a professional measurement surveyor to undertake a land survey, measured building survey or setting out can save the client so much money. Without a setting out specialist the very expensive steel work did not quite fit ! Time was then wasted whilst the steel was made to fit, this delayed everything on site and no doubt cost a lot more than the £300 or so a land surveyor would have charged.
Do not expect a builder to set out for you or survey the site, or an estate agent to produce floor plans that are accurate enough for design work. A specialist land surveyor has undergone many years of training and comes equipped with thousands of pounds worth of technology, which architects / estate agents / builders do not have. Equally do not ask us to bake you a wedding cake !
Fortunately many of our surveyors live in Gloucestershire, as a lot of our recent work for our Pershore office has been in and around Gloucestershire. Sometimes land surveyors go to lovely places and measure architecturally interesting buildings….and sometimes they don’t, but at least hopefully in their wake they will be redevelopment and an improvement in the surroundings. Below are two buildings at either end of the spectrum when it comes to producing elevation drawings, both of which we have measured in the last few weeks, but we are as happy drawing simple elevations as more ornate ones. So if you need a land survey or a measured building survey in Gloucester, Cheltenham or the rest of the county you know who to call.
A D Horner Limited, Land and Measured Building Surveyors have been busy in own own home patches of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire recently, undertaking large and small land surveys for garden design, construction, housing developments and local authority flood relief type land surveys. From Tewkesbury to Cheltenham, Gloucester to Tetbury there are not many towns and villages in the last twenty years that we have not been to, either to undertake land surveys or measured building surveys – there are plenty of lovely cottages, historic houses (like the beautiful Wallsworth Hall) and barns that we have produced floor plans and elevations of throughout Gloucestershire. I wonder how many of our 3000 surveys we have completed will have been in Gloucestershire ?
First post of the New Year and we are already nearly out of January, which has been a very busy month with lots of new orders and enquiries, hopefully a sign of increased market activity for all. Pre Christmas land surveying became more difficult because of the snow, but thankfully we were able to push on with measured building survey work, at least this can be carried out as long as you can get to site !
January has seen us busy undertaking land and measured building surveys in Devon, Cornwall, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, the West Midlands, Oxfordshire and central London – all our usual patch.
As Worcestershire’s longest established company of specialist Land and Measured building surveyors we have helped to shape the way many areas of the county look. Part of the attraction to being a land surveyor is the feeling that you are contributing to the regeneration of an area. After 20 years of land surveys in Worcestershire we think we have helped in some small way to rejuvenate at least a few areas ! One location that has recently undergone a major transformation in the centre of Worcester is the Diglis Basin area. It is very hard to spot similarities from when we were first on site in 2002 to how it looks today.
The boat yard buildings around the basin were particularly interesting to measure and full of character and characters. We have often wondered if the hand held Disto measuring device that a surveyor dropped into the basin whilst undertaking the land survey was ever discovered when the basin was drained !
This was also a site where the weather intervened and we could not finish the topographic survey until the flood waters had receded and where we encountered the very helpful Premier Timber and Builders Merchants, who supply us with our survey station pegs to this day.