Land Surveyors In Worcester

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.

Just The Weather For A Land Survey

The weather in the South Hams area of Devon this week has been fairly grim for November, so given that it is August it has been dire. Land surveyors are by definition a hardy bunch, but there are always so many days a year that are wet knicker days, you probably get the idea ! When your second pair of socks are soaked by 10am then you are not going to make it through the day. We always try to avoid the worst of the weather conditions and like all land surveyors are avid weather forecast watchers. Not only do the surveyors get wet, the surveying gets slowed down, optical equipment steams up and at worst water enters a very expensive piece of electronic circuit board and a large repair invoice follows.

The South West Land Surveying office is in the National Park, but even so Dartmoor was not visible at all today and those land surveyors who were able to undertake drawing work were very happy !

Why might we be tempted to change to using your company?

A potential Devon client asked me this today. It is a very good question. Here goes;

* we care passionately about what we do

* we save you time by collecting all the information you need.

An architect who we have worked with for many years said his client insisted on getting three prices for a recent survey. We were the middle price and the client appointed the cheapest. The architect said it was the worst survey that he had ever worked on. He had to return to site and spent a day adding information, for which he billed the client. The client ended up paying more than he would have, if he had appointed us in the first place.

* we add value for you and your clients e.g that large tree next to the site we are surveying – if we can we’ll include it on our survey.

* increasingly we have found that competitors have surveyors who undertake the site work and then pass the digital data to a CAD team. This reduces their costs. It also means that there is a much bigger chance of errors, as drawing a survey can be a little like joining the dots – if you have not measured the points yourself how do you know which dots to join ?

*we do not use contract staff – all our staff are permanent and most have been with us for many years, so you can be sure of the quality of every land or measured building survey.

*we are big enough to be able to cope with even the largest projects, so we can put multiple teams onto a survey if your timescale calls for it.

*we believe in talking to our clients to establish ongoing relationships, so we can learn how each other works. If we think you are wasting your / the clients money we’ll tell you and offer advice.

*because you can be confident that if you need a copy of the survey in five years time we’ll still have it and will supply it FOC for the original client

*because you can draw on our experience in over 3000 land and measured building surveys – it is not very often we encounter a site or a situation that we have not faced before

*before a final survey is issued we always carry out our own in-house quality checks, so you can be confident that what you requested will be what you will receive

We hope we convinced the potential client – they asked for some example drawings and we hope and expect them to be impressed. We think the answer to the question is really all about you

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Street Scene Elevations

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.

Land Survey, Floor Plans and Elevations, Lincoln College, Oxford

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.

Land Survey With A Hint Of Pink

There are not many land survey sites we attend which have pink / red trees on them. This particular red tree is part of a tree art exhibition called  ‘Tell It To The Trees’  at Croft Castle, where we have been surveying recently for The National Trust. Croft is home to more than 300 veteran oak and chesnut trees. Sometimes our surveyors do go to some beautiful places……..

Cattedown Plymouth

It is always nice to be involved in local projects where you know that once completed the project will benefit the look of the whole community, so it is great to have been in Plymouth undertaking a land survey and measured building survey of some flats and retail units which are undergoing a refurbishment. Hopefully we will soon be able to show you an ‘after picture’ too.

Railway Topographic Surveys

We have been busy with land surveys at a couple of our favourite preserved railways recently. As the start of the summer season loomed closer both railways required engineering works to be undertaken and prior to this being carried out we were asked to provide topographic survey information at both and also some bridge / viaduct precise monitoring (deformation) and elevation surveys. We used a range of equipment on these surveys including GPS and traditional total stations.

Hotel Floor Plan Survey

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.

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