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 has been a very busy spring and summer for our teams based at our South West office, with land surveys of back gardens to industrial estates and large green field sites.
Measured building survey wise we have surveyed another 2 hospital sites and managed even to send a new assistant to a hospital mortuary on his first day ! Land and measured building surveying can certainly take you to some interesting places.
In Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire alone, over the last 25 years, we have undertaken literally hundreds of land and measured building surveys. Green field sites, brown field sites and every type of building you can think of – Oxford Colleges, schools, hospitals, retail parks, stately homes and more humble abodes. We have surveyed bus garages too, but none had such lovely buses as this recent site in the Cotswolds.
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.
What happened to Jan / Feb and March ? The birds are building nests, the rabbits are multiplying and we are very busy undertaking land and measured building surveys, furthest afield this year so far and a first for us – the Isle of Wight. We have been busy in all our local haunts too, undertaking land surveys in Worcester and Gloucester and measured building surveys in Cheltenham. Our hot spots at the moment seem to be for both land and measured building surveys in Bath and Bristol.
Sometimes land surveyors are seen as messengers from the Gods, spreading doom, gloom and new construction sites. Fortunately a recent trip to a site in rural Herefordshire, to undertake a land survey, provided no upset locals and instead a very friendly assistant for the day.
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.
Well it has just about stopped raining for now at least. Our office in Pershore got even closer to the River Avon once more.
This is the main road which runs from Worcester to Evesham through Pershore. On this particular morning a large detour was required !
Thankfully the rain has not slowed us down too much and we have been busy working on lots of measured land and building surveys in Gloucestershire this month for some well known clients, notably Cheltenham Ladies College and Cheltenham Racecourse.
Another first for us was to measure a MRI scanning room in The Gloucester Royal Hospital, where we had to liaise closely with the client to achieve the work outside normal scanning hours. The beauty of life as a measurement surveyor is that you really do get to go to some very interesting places (and then measure them !)
A D Horner undertake lots of land and measured building surveys in Bristol and Bath but not all can provide such a memorable week for two of our land surveying teams to be on site at the American Museum In Britain, which just happens to be located in a beautiful setting just outside Bath. This wonderful museum is the only museum of Americana outside of the United States. It has been very fitting to be present with all the excitement of the Presidential elections in the background. Truly a moment of history in the making – and the land surveying is pretty awesome too. We have been delighted to work with the Museum on previous projects, this time we are working with their American Landscape Architect to help redesign some of the existing landscaping.
Grand Designs was viewed with even more interest last week as it was another of our survey projects that was featured. We have worked with Chris Tapp for many years on many projects from Oxford to Devon via Ashby-de-la-Zouche ! Thankfully we loved the design and especially the roof. Our involvement was to undertake a land survey, elevations and floor plans in order that Chris had full information on the constraints of the site.
The site was nothing special in surveying terms, but the narrow plot made site lines difficult and of course the River Thames in front of the site meant getting the outline elevations of the existing building and neighbouring properties, as required by the planners made for just a bit of a challenge.
One of the best parts being in the Land and Measured Building survey industry is seeing waste ground and unloved buildings put to good use and given some tlc. This truly is one such example and we were delighted to have been involved. Shame we did not get to meet Kevin !