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Happy new 30th year of land surveys – full speed ahead

As we entered our 30th year in business as land and measured building surveying there is just time to reflect on a few things.

Full throttle into 2020

How the devil did 30 years pass so quickly ? Perhaps even more astonishing is the 12 years that have passed since we opened our South West office, offering land and measured building surveys across Devon and Cornwall, from our office in the South Hams, near Plymouth.

We have always stuck very much to providing the same product with exacting standards, regardless of the project size or complexity, but always with an eye to the client’s needs and budget. With an ex-bank manager and Yorkshire man at the helm, value for money and honesty are key principles.

The surveying kit we used has changed, some of our staff had not been born when we started (yikes !) but most of the boys and girls have been with us for longer than the furniture.

Whatever the post Brexit years look like we are sure it will still need surveying.

A D Horner Land Surveys Always on the right track

There is no one in our Worcestershire office today. All our staff have been dispatched to sites, to undertake land and measured building surveys across Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and we have a team today in Shropshire, working on a rather overgrown site. (More on this measured survey of a barn to follow in our next post).

So why have we abandoned post today ? Our office on Bridge Street in Pershore, is slap bang in the middle of today’s Tour of Britain Time Trial Cycle Event.

No land surveyors or tri-pods in sight

Although a slight pain in terms of organisation, it’s a great opportunity to show the town and local area off.

Today the staff are still busy handling enquries as normal in our Devon office. Tomorrow we will be back to normal, providing the highest quality land and measured building surveys.

Land and measured building surveys – quality v cost

We are not big enough to undertake all the work that we are asked to quote for. Competition is fine, as long as it is fair competition and all the surveys will be of the same standard.

Unfortunately if the quotation brief only requests ‘ a land survey of the area marked in red’, then there is likely to be a large difference in quality as well as price. Imagine if you asked the builder to build you a house, but specified nothing further……

   you might end up with either 

Sadly it is often only after the completed survey comes back that the designer realises that the level of detail included is not fit for the purpose that they had intended. This is why we always issue a detailed brief which covers what we will include. Nearly 30 years of working with architects and designers means we have a fair idea of what information is likely to be required.

Don’t tell anyone, but we keep a folder, into which we place ‘questionable quality’ surveys, which we are sometimes sent. Often these are forwarded to us by regular clients who do not   ‘trust’ the previous survey, or need the original survey to be supplemented with additional information, as the original survey failed to gather everything required.

The annoying thing is that someone has already been paid to undertake this work.

Caveat Emptor

Highest price does not necessarily mean the best, but if you get more than 3 prices for something and the lowest is much lower than the others then you should really ask yourself why ?

Effectively you are buying time from us. Typically a degree educated surveyor with several years of experience,  a technician to assist and then maybe £20 000 worth of surveying kit, plus then insurance and the costs of processing and drawing the data.  This is true for anyone in the industry and with several teams of surveyors our fixed costs are pretty low.

We maintain very extensive records as to our productivity, so we have great faith in our quotations. Thus it suggests that if someone is charging half the price, then they are spending a lot less time than we were going to and it infers either the accuracy or the content (or both) will not be to the same standard.

It is such a shame to only later realise that the levels are not correct, or that you need to pay for someone to return to site to gather height information on surrounding buildings, or tree diameters for example, which we would have included as standard.

Further discussion on this topic can be found at the following link:

Pricing of Land and Measured Building Surveys

Snow Land surveying in Worcestershire

There are times when no matter how much planning you do, the weather still gets the better of you. Fortunately our fantastic staff were well prepared and although there was not much land or measured building surveying completed on site on Monday, by our midlands based staff, there was plenty of drawing completed. Of course our Devon office was totally green.

Interesting land surveying conditions

A D Horner Limited Land and Measured Building Surveyors Celebrating 25 Years

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.

Nature In Art - measured survey and topographic survey
Nature In Art – measured survey and topographic survey

We would like to think we have spent the last 25 years helping to make dreams come true !

Land Surveys In Gloucestershire – hospitals, racecourses and boarding schools !

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 !)

Land Surveys In Birmingham, Devon and Everywhere Inbetween

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.

Spring Land Surveys in Devon and Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and lots of other places !

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 !

Land surveyors in Exeter – deep in the plant room

The whole purpose of this blog is to try to give a flavour of some of the projects and places our land surveyors and measured building surveyors get to measure. Often our surveys are used by a range of other professionals like civil engineers, architects, mechanical and electrical surveyors who have an accurate base plan onto which they can record their data. Such was the case with this plant room,  that we measured as part of a larger floor plan and elevation survey of a retail site in Exeter.

I can't see any plants

Land Surveying in Torquay, Devon with dinosaurs

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