Measured Building Surveys

Measured Building Surveys

What Is a Measured Building Survey?

A measured building survey is a detailed plan of a building. It comprises of different elements such as floor plans, elevations, cross section, reflected ceiling plans and roof plans. 

Do I Need a Measured Building Survey?

The accurate dimensions, layout or volume of a building are needed for many purposes. Such as refurbishment or redevelopment, facilities management or services layout, valuation or taxation, interior design layout, modelling or visualisation, licensing requirements, and the sale, acquisition and leasing of buildings. 

How Is It Carried Out?

Measurement technology has advanced greatly over the years and site work is carried out in a fraction of the time it used to take. The majority of the external measurements of a building are taken remotely with the laser function on our Leica Total Station instruments. Sometimes, if the building is complex or irregular shaped the instrument will be brought inside to gather further measurements, if not the internal survey is sketched up with a Disto and tape measure.

What To Do Next?

In terms of your requirements, we do not provide a one size fits all approach to our surveys, we want to work with our clients to provide them with a tailored service that matches their precise needs. We can produce you with:-

Floor plans, standard specification:-

  • Walls, both structural and partitionMeasured Building Survey
  • Doors, including swing and height
  • Windows, including recess depth, mullion position and height
  • Staircases, steps, ramps and lifts
  • Overhead detail such as ceiling changes, beams, skylights and access hatches
  • Sanitary & Kitchen fittings including fitted units with description
  • Boxing
  • Plant & main services
  • Room Use descriptions
  • Levels, on all floors and further key levels on overhead features such as suspended ceilings, structural ceilings and beams
  • Advanced specification examples: Switches & sockets; Lighting positions; Radiators; Desk, chair & office equipment; exposed pipework and trunking; Air conditioning and vent panels; direction span of floorboards; wall/floor/ceiling finishes; skirting & coving

Elevations (full), standard specification:-

  • Building outlines & ground profile
  • Door & fenestrations details (indicative frame, glazing, mullions, transoms, panelling, letterbox and handles)
  • Decorative features such as: string courses, quoins, Bas relief,
  • Furniture such as: signage, plaques, lighting, vents, flues, RWP’s, SVP’s, VP’s, Alarms, CCTV and satellite dishes/aerials
  • Roof details such as: chimneys, skylights, dormer windows and plant machinery.
  • Annotation of materials
  • Level annotation on key points such as, ridges, eaves, and ground lines
  • Floor levels 
  • Advanced specification examples: Damp proof courses; precise door & window details, minor pipes & cables; photographs; stone for stone recording

Elevations (outline), standard specification:-

  • Building outline & ground profile
  • Outline of windows and doors
  • Level annotation on key points such as ridges, eaves and ground lines

Cross Sections, standard specification:-Measured Floorplans quality assurance

  • Walls, both structural and partition
  • Doors and windows, showing cill and head heights
  • Staircases, steps and lifts
  • Overhead details such as ceiling changes, beams skylights & access hatches
  • Boxing
  • Room use description
  • Levels, on all floors and further key levels on overhead features such as suspended ceilings, structural ceilings and beams
  • Advanced specification examples:  Air conditioning and vent panels; skirting & coving

Roof Plans, standard specification:-

  • Ridge, eave and parapet lines
  • Windows & skylights
  • Vents, pipes & chimneys
  • Tanks
  • Plant
  • Fire escapes and catwalks
  • Surface materials
  • Drainage
  • Aerails & satellite dishes
  • Levels shown on all key changes and points
  • Advanced specification examples:  Cables such as BT, data and electric


All our surveys are produced in accordance with RICS specification ‘Surveys of Land, Buildings and Utility Services at Scales of 1:500 and Larger (2nd Edition)

To discuss your requirements, please call us on 01604 582200 or email us on We will then follow up your enquiry with a fixed quotation stating a commencement and completion date.

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