Which type of plan?
When quoting a fee for a measured building survey it is important for the surveyor and the client to be in agreement about the scope of the work. It usually helps if they meet on site to discuss the purpose of the survey, the level of detail required and the accuracy needed to ensure the final plan is adequate for the intended project.
The list below gives a fairly broad spectrum of the different types of drawings we can provide. For each type of plan the level of detail and accuracy will depend on its use.
The simplest form of plan showing only the position of walls, doors and windows.
Suggested use: Lease plans, asset management, property portfolio.
Typical client: Estate Agent, Landlord, Solicitor.
As for the basic plan but with floor levels, window, door and ceiling heights, overhead detail including beams, vaulted ceilings and sky lights. The example shown was for a licence application for a hotel where all fire points had to be shown and no levels were required’
Suggested use: Refurbishment, extensions, asset management of public buildings or commercial property.
Typical client: Architect, Local Authority, Property Developer.
As for the partially detailed plan but also includes the position of sanitary ware, radiators, kitchen units, shelving, cupboards, central heating boilers, water tanks, electric and gas intakes. Wall construction, RSJ positions, ventilation.
Suggested use: Refurbishment or asset management of listed buildings.
Typical client: Architect, Structural Engineer, English Heritage
We can also add any of the following items to the survey:
- Room descriptions
- Floor areas, GIA’s and GEA’s in accordance with RICS Code of Measuring Practice
- Volume of rooms
- Electrical sockets
- Lighting, including switches
- Water valves, stop cocks
- Drainage pipes (external)
- Internal drainage chambers
- Fire safety features