We are known for our highly detailed and accurate records of historic buildings and monuments. These range from prehistoric monuments, cottages and houses, to castles, cathedrals and palaces. We can combine a wide palette of survey and photographic techniques to suit your needs. We are happy to advise on what will work best for your project, and we are used to working on projects where access is a challenge!
We can produce accurate drawings of a building or site to provide a record of its appearance or condition. Our elevations, floorplans, sections and topographic survey drawings are also often used to identify different phases in a historic buildings development. Different architectural styles and areas of fabric can be marked up showing how a place developed over time.
High quality photographs of a building’s interior and exterior can be required both before and after changes are made. The before images provide an accurate record of the condition and appearance of a place before (sometimes major) changes are carried out, and after images show the impact of those changes. We have carried out records such as this on many sites for a range of owners including the National Trust.
A drone survey can be the safest and most cost-effective way of surveying inaccessible areas of a building or site, such as high-level roofs. We used a drone to survey hard to access areas of the Orangery at Cliveden Park, for example. We are fully aware of the constraints associated with safely flying drones, particularly in urban areas, and can comply with these issues.
Written Records and Statement of Significance
Producing a written record of a site and assessing its significance – and ability to adapt to proposed changes – is generally considered an essential first step when considering development. A statement of significance should consider what is special about a place and the level of importance that can be attached to different elements of significance to inform proposals for change. These documents are often a requirement when submitting applications for planning permission and listed building consent.