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 !
We have been so busy undertaking land and measured building surveys that there has hardly been a moment to blog about it. Spring has arrived seemingly both in terms of the weather and the amount of work that we have successfully quoted for. We have been particularly busy in the education sector, both public and private, primary schools to Universities, measuring floor plans, elevations and land surveys in Bath, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Devon, Worcester and Oxford. But with spring in mind here are some of the ladies we have recently encountered when measuring up around their barn !
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.
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.
Some of our land and measured building surveyors have spent a fair bit of time in London in the last few months undertaking floor plan and elevation surveys of properties for several different clients. Occasionally the local authorities will request street scene elevations as well as floor plans and elevations of the property which is subject to a planning application.
Street scene elevations require that elevations are drawn as they would be from the pavement outside the property – this will require the land survey to include the fronting hedges / trees and that these are then drawn on the elevations to show how they currently obscure the view of the property, so that the impact of changes can be assessed.
Street scene elevations typically include adjacent properties to the site, but may include a whole row of properties, especially if the site is in a conservation area. We do not need the co-operation / access into adjacent properties as we gather information remotely using specialist photogrammetric software and the latest total survey instruments. Sometimes of course all that might be visible is a high hedge and chimney pot!
Our street scene elevation and land surveys are also sometimes used to assist with ‘rights of light’ type calculations, by planners and planning authorities.
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.