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 !
My architect has told me I need a survey. What’s it for?
In simple terms we are map makers. We map land (land or topographic surveys – they are the same thing) and buildings. (Floor plans of the internal layout, elevations of the existing outside of buildings)
Usually if you are putting in a planning application for a new build, extension, major renovation or landscaping project you will need a measured survey.
This could be a land survey – a very detailed map which will show the position and size of existing features, such as buildings, paths, trees, boundaries and also provide information on the levels across the land.
This information is critical for planners to make informed decisions, for architects to design and for builders to build.
You cannot rely on an Ordnance Survey map for your project, they are not accurate enough, do not have sufficient level information or map the existing features adequately.
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.
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.