Not that with some of the recent weather you could tell where we are. Clearly the reasons staff wear hi-vis clothing is so they can find each other on site…..
January has seen us off to a flying start with lots of local land and measured building surveys, plus the odd trip out further afield, to London and Surrey.
Our Devon office continues to grow in size and reputation, with orders received from as far away as Australia. We have been busy so far this year with land and measured building surveys in Plymouth, Exeter and our usual lovely haunts like Hope, Wembury, Salcombe and Totnes.
With an office in Worcestershire flooding is never very far from our minds. When the floods hit in July 2007 we were fortunate that our office which is less than 100m from the River Avon did not flood. We had staff who like many others could not get home and spent the night in their cars. As a result of this and other similar events we are often called upon to assist by carrying out topographic surveys, so that flood contour levels can be plotted onto our surveys. This will allow planners and other interested parties to see what part of the site would be underwater should a flood event happen. We have also been involved in many surveys as a direct result of the damage caused by the flooding, including shops, schools and houses.
Of course I missed it all, having been on holiday in sunny Devon !
Hopefully though with the planners taking flood risks very seriously now, we are helping to minimise the risks of new developments becoming victims.
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.