Heritage & Historic Building Surveys

Existing plans, drawings & condition
Heritage & historic building surveys

Heritage & historic building surveys are specialised surveys conducted to assess and document the existing physical features, dimensions and condition of buildings. Here is everything you need to know about these surveys:

  • Measured survey: We typically undertake measured building surveys using advanced surveying techniques and equipment including laser scanners, total stations and handheld measurement tools. The surveys provide accurate floor plans, elevations, sections and 3D models of buildings. These drawings and models give a detailed representation of the existing condition and architectural features.
  • Condition Assessment: In addition to capturing measurements, we can provide specialised condition assessment where there are defects or concerns about part of a buildings structure or fabric, such as cracking, movement and damp. We investigate, assess and report on the problem areas. We may use non-destructive testing methods, such as moisture mapping, to assess hidden issues without causing damage to the building. Alternatively, an invasive inspection can be undertaken where required.
  • Expertise: We are well placed to undertake this type of survey as we have the specialised knowledge and expertise in architectural history, conservation principles and surveying techniques and have a deep understanding of materials and construction methods used.
  • Features Measured: Heritage and historic measured building surveys capture both the internal and external features of a building. Internal features include walls, doors, windows, staircases, columns, and room dimensions. External features include the building’s footprint, façade, roof, chimneys, and any other architectural elements. The surveyors may also measure the location and dimensions of utility services, such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
Why are heritage surveys important?
  • Documentation and preservation: Heritage and historic measured surveys provide a detailed and accurate record of historic buildings, structures and sites. This documentation is crucial for preserving and conserving cultural heritage, as it captures the existing condition and architectural features of these assets. It helps to ensure that any future restoration, renovation, or development work is carried out in a way that respects and preserves the historic fabric and character.
  • Planning and decision-making: The surveys provide essential information for planning authorities, architects and developers. They help in assessing the significance and value of heritage assets, informing decisions on development proposals and ensuring that any alterations or additions are sympathetic to the historic context. These surveys also assist in identifying any potential risks or issues that need to be addressed during the design and construction process.
  • Research and interpretation: Heritage surveys contribute to research and interpretation of historic buildings and sites. They provide a wealth of information about architectural styles, construction techniques and historical context. This data is valuable for historians, archaeologists and other researchers studying the built environment and cultural heritage.
  • Legal and regulatory compliance: There are legal and regulatory requirements for the assessment and protection of heritage assets such as listed building and conservation area consents, heritage impact assessments and building regs. Heritage and historic measured surveys help in meeting these obligations by providing the necessary information for compliance. They assist in demonstrating compliance with heritage legislation, conservation guidelines and planning regulations.
  • Education and public engagement: The surveys play a role in educating the public about the significance and value of historic buildings and sites. They can be used to create educational materials, exhibitions and virtual tours that help people understand and appreciate the architectural and historical importance of these assets. This engagement can foster a sense of pride and ownership in the local community and promote the long-term preservation of heritage.