December saw a milestone in the history of A D Horner Limited with us reaching our milestone 25th anniversary. From our first land survey in Redditch back in 1990 we have now undertaken over 4500 land or measured building surveys in the last 25 years.
We still take pleasure in turning old and unloved dwellings into shiny desirable ones again, through our expertise in measured building surveys. Whenever driving our surveyors are always keen to point out – ‘We did that survey’ to their long suffering families !
We are big watchers of various property programmes on TV so it is always great to see a project or architect that we have worked with featured. Last night we saw Nature In Art featured on Countryfile, where we have undertaken both measured building and land survey work. It was great to see what fantastic work they undertake.
We would like to think we have spent the last 25 years helping to make dreams come true !
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.
The whole purpose of this blog is to try to give a flavour of some of the projects and places our land surveyors and measured building surveyors get to measure. Often our surveys are used by a range of other professionals like civil engineers, architects, mechanical and electrical surveyors who have an accurate base plan onto which they can record their data. Such was the case with this plant room, that we measured as part of a larger floor plan and elevation survey of a retail site in Exeter.
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.
From our Worcestershire offices we work throughout the West Midlands and Birmingham undertaking all types of land surveys and measured building surveys, from grotty bits of wasteland to smart houses in the suburbs. One thing that caught our eye recently was the possible high speed rail link from London to Birmingham which might use the lovely Curzon Street Station building again, which we undertook a land survey and measured building survey of some years ago.
This building has a Grade I listing, but was sadly only used as a railway station for a short period. One of the big perks of the job of the land surveyor is knowing that in some small way you have played a role in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings and helped to put them back into a useful role.
We have just added Lincoln College to our portfolio of Oxford Colleges where we have undertaken measured survey work. The College of the Blessed Mary and All Saints, Lincoln is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford and was founded in 1427.
Narrow staircases, small rooms and interesting angles made for a more interesting floor plan survey than many sites we are involved in.
We have just finished a floor plan survey of a small family run hotel in the West Midlands for a local architect. Hotels are always interesting to measure and often provide challenges in gaining access to bedrooms and conference facilities. Land surveyors always need plenty of pragmatic flexibility ! Where possible we set up a survey instrument in rooms / corridors to fix as many features as possible, to ensure a high degree of accuracy.