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.
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 !)
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 !
With 21 years of experience in land and measured building surveying A D Horner Limited has measured many things in it’s time and although some of our staff have been surveying for 40 years, not even they can recall measuring dinosaurs ! As a photo opportunity though who could resist ?
Fortunately the dinosaurs were friendly and no major incidents occurred. If you want to visit these very friendly ones yourself you can at Torquay’s Dinosaur World
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 have passed another milestone this week, having just been instructed on our 3000th land and measured building survey. This represents 20 years of measuring small back gardens, city office blocks, retail stores, schools, universities and everything in-between. Sadly it also means many of our staff have more grey hair than when they started with us, in some cases many years ago. This blog is dedicated to them – the very able, conscientious staff of A DHorner Limited – Thank You.
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.
As Worcestershire’s longest established company of specialist Land and Measured building surveyors we have helped to shape the way many areas of the county look. Part of the attraction to being a land surveyor is the feeling that you are contributing to the regeneration of an area. After 20 years of land surveys in Worcestershire we think we have helped in some small way to rejuvenate at least a few areas ! One location that has recently undergone a major transformation in the centre of Worcester is the Diglis Basin area. It is very hard to spot similarities from when we were first on site in 2002 to how it looks today.
The boat yard buildings around the basin were particularly interesting to measure and full of character and characters. We have often wondered if the hand held Disto measuring device that a surveyor dropped into the basin whilst undertaking the land survey was ever discovered when the basin was drained !
This was also a site where the weather intervened and we could not finish the topographic survey until the flood waters had receded and where we encountered the very helpful Premier Timber and Builders Merchants, who supply us with our survey station pegs to this day.
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.