Measured Building Surveys

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Measured building surveys

A measured building survey is a detailed survey that captures accurate measurements and data of the existing physical features and dimensions of a building. They are usually undertaken in tandem with our topographic surveys to provide a comprehensive understanding of the site.

  • Guidance: Our surveys follow the guidance as set out in the RICS Measured surveys of land, buildings & utilities, 3rd edition.
  • Outputs: Our outputs include floor plans, roof plans, internal & external elevations, sections, area measurements and reflected ceilings. Floor plans provide a detailed representation of the building’s layout, including the arrangement of rooms, walls, doors, windows, staircases, columns, room dimensions, etc. Elevations show the vertical dimensions & features of the building façade, including heights, openings, chimneys and other architectural elements. We may also measure the location and dimensions of utility services, such as electrical, plumbing and drainage systems.
  • 3D Models: We also capture point clouds and generate 3D models of both existing and proposed buildings. We use 3d models in our own developments and are particularly useful during the concept design phase of The RIBA Plan of Work.
  • Data Collection: Our surveys involve the collection of precise measurements and data using various surveying techniques and equipment including laser scanning, total stations, 3D scanners and handheld measurement tools. The level of accuracy depends on the purpose of the survey and the requirements of the project.
Why are measured building surveys important?
  • Accuracy: These surveys provide accurate and detailed information for architects, engineers & builders about a buildings structure, layout and features. This is crucial for our own developments where precise data is needed to plan our extensions, renovations and other construction projects.
  • Planning and Design: The data collected from our measured building surveys is essential for creating our accurate architectural plans and designs. It helps us to understand a buildings existing conditions and constraints, which informs design decisions.
  • Legal Compliance: In many cases, a measured building survey is a legal requirement, especially for listed or historic buildings. It ensures that any proposed changes comply with building regulations and conservation rules.
  • Cost Estimation: By providing detailed information about a buildings structure and condition, a measured survey can help to estimate the cost of construction or renovation projects more accurately. This can help to avoid unexpected costs and budget overruns.
  • Problem Identification: A measured building survey can help to identify potential issues or defects in a building, such as structural problems, damp or subsidence. This allows these issues to be addressed before they become more serious and costly to fix.
  • Property Sales and Purchases: For property sales and purchases, a measured building survey provides a clear and accurate representation of the property, helping potential buyers to make informed decisions.