We recently completed a Birmingham City Centre measured building project, which as well as requiring a 2D elevation of the building required a head for heights. This is not a standard question when we look to recruit new staff, but maybe it should be ?
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.
Where does time go, one minute it is spring and the next moment we are at the school holidays (not sure where summer is yet !) We came up with a long list of places that we have been busy surveying in. As well as the usual land surveys in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford, Birmingham and so on we have also been busy slightly further afield. Our Devon office has undertaken measured building and land surveys in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and we have also had staff in Mayfair, Hammersmith, Ashby-De-La-Zouche, and Ascot to name but a few. When totalled together we covered over 70 000 miles last year and yet still managed to undertake our most local survey ever – the property next door.
We have been very busy in Birmingham and the West Midlands in the last few weeks, including a measured building survey which required a detailed survey of the loft area. No fun if you are over 6 foot tall.
Of course you can only put a survey instrument (total station) in a loft space if there is a stable base on which to set up on and even then you have to be very careful moving around so that the total station does not go off level.
We seem to have been busy undertaking land and measured building surveys around Birmingham for the last few weeks, as well as Henley, London, The Forest of Dean, Somerset and as ever Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Devon.
We have recently completed a land survey and outline / street scene elevation survey for a client in Birmingham. The elevation drawings are accurate, but with little detail, so no pipes for instance or window detail. Often this type of elevation survey is used by planners to gain information on surrounding building to the development site itself, it can also be used for lights of right calculations.
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.