New year thoughts

January 15, 2020

The beginning of a new year is a good time to both look back and look forward. Our work over the past 12 months highlights the variety of projects we get involved with– from large new build projects to the redevelopment of historic buildings. We work with all types of client from international developers, designers and architects through to members of the public with boundary disputes.

We provide measured building surveys, topographical surveys, boundary demarcation, BIM data and a wide range of geospatial and geomatics engineering services. In addition, our division, Maps@Aworth – which is an Ordnance Survey Mapping and Data Centre – continues to be busy. It supplies up-to-date Ordnance Survey mapping data, planning application maps and historical OS mapping, together with a large range of other professional map products.

Whether our customers are large or small, we offer them our experience which spans nearly 60 years. What they all rely on is that our survey data is accurate, reliable information that underpins their decisions, analysis and design.

Many of our clients have been with us for a number of years, including Landsec. Last year its retail complex, Bluewater in Kent, celebrated its 20th anniversary. The entire development, including the connecting road infrastructure, is based on our topographical and cadastral survey data. During 2019, we were called upon to undertake an as-built measurement survey of the new shell store for handover to Primark from Landsec to ensure delivery of the proposed unit met with the design plans.

Over the past year, our expertise in monitoring movement in older, sometimes very historic, buildings has been required a number of times. Currently one of our engineers, who is part of our dedicated field survey team, is paying a weekly visit to HM Prison Pentonville in London, where we are monitoring movement in the old gate houses.

As a firm, we have continued to progress too. During the year we passed the rigorous standards needed to achieve regulation by RICS - the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. This means we can offer additional layer of confidence when prospective and, indeed, existing clients look to engage us.

We have also continued to develop our team. We have taken on new trainees, including Jed Irvings, as well as supporting existing employees to development professionally. A number of our team recently undertook working in confined spaces training, while Tom Jordan and Chris Swann gained Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering Surveying. In addition, Wendy Amos, who has been with us for nearly 15 years, recently passed the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice.

Whatever your requirements, we look forward to working with you in 2020.

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