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Indigo Surveys provides a wide variety of surveys to our clients throughout the UK and our measured surveys are conducted with the utmost professionalism, in order to deliver to our consistently high standards, no matter the client, project size or location.

Our appointed personnel are trained, experienced and insured for a wide variety of specialist geomatic services which we provide throughout the UK, including high-quality measured surveys. We use the latest equipment and technologies to ensure the delivery of high-quality and accurately drawn plans with the speed and efficiency you require. We are adaptive to each project and experienced in using detailed survey techniques and methodologies to produce accurate drawings and floor plans.


What is a Measured Survey?

So, you might be wondering, what is a measured survey? A measured building survey is an undertaking that involves the taking of exact measurements of buildings, structures and sites in order to produce very accurate data that can then be used to represent the project on a reduced scale. The measured survey is done with a range of tools, from the classic tape measure to laser scanners.

A measured building survey is a comprehensive survey and can relate both to external and internal aspects of a site, right down to the detail of individual floor plans. Surveys are carried out following guidance notes from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which form the framework of rules for measured building surveys of domestic and commercial buildings, utilities or land. 

Earlier measured building surveys have traditionally been done using paper and pencil, but modern technology means that they can be completed with ease and an even greater degree of accuracy. Measured building surveys can be represented in many forms, with anything from basic ground floor plans and drawings to accurate 3D models that outline all structural elements of the building. How many floors, and how much detail, as well as what plans are actually necessary (external elevations, ceiling plans etc.) depends on the scale of your project and requirements.

What kind of things does a measured building survey entail?

We have worked with many clients in moving beyond the initial question of what is a measured survey and finding an in-depth range of detail that allowed them to find their ideal option. Each project has its own precise specifications to work with, with an agreed level of detail put together prior to measured surveys taking place. This agreement will include the scale required, acceptable accuracy tolerances, agreed level of detail, delivery times and measured survey cost.

The data that is initially collected during the measured building survey is used to provide the foundation of your report information, which is then the basis of all future planning phases, such as space planning and fire safety, as well as the base from which all development and design plans are formulated. Using modern and sophisticated equipment to undertake measured surveys is important, as taking measurements accurately is imperative to any project where this type of survey is necessary.

A measured survey should be undertaken prior to producing any architectural drawings for a building project. Inaccurate measured surveys can lead to many issues including increased costs, delays and even the potential of falling foul of planning conditions and building regulations.

It is not unheard of for local authorities to order domestic and commercial properties to be demolished, or owners to submit post-build applications, on the basis that they have not met planning conditions. A simple overreach of a building extension or the height of a new building being slightly too tall could be reasons for difficulties. Circumstances such as this can all be avoided with a properly measured survey from the outset.

How is a measured survey done?

Measured surveys are carried out by our highly trained surveyors using all the up-to-date tools to ensure the highest levels of accuracy. We will make preparations before arriving on site, including making use of all available information about the site including Google Maps and other mapping tools to understand the layout, surroundings, obstacles, and orientation.

With modern laser methods of measurement complementing some of the more traditional methods, the process can be completed quickly and accurately. Laser tape measures are fast and purported to be able to measure distances up to 200 meters with an accuracy of 2 millimetres! The degree of accuracy helps avoid unnecessary delays, disputes, disagreements and additional costs which could result from an inaccurate survey. 

Measured Surveys for a Range of Clients

We regularly provide geomatic services to landowners, developers, construction companies, architects, planning consultants, project managers, engineers and other planning professionals. A measured survey is now deemed a vital part of any project plans and development, providing accurate detail that portrays the present plot of land, the landscape and the potential future look of the area.

Speak to us today if you want to find out more about our measured survey cost levels. We can offer a flexible range of options to allow you to find a measured survey cost that suits your budget and survey needs.

As such, we are well versed in the requirements for measured surveys and we have worked with a wide variety of clients, each with a different set of very specific requirements, deadlines, budgets and other aspects for us to consider. With all of this in mind, the team at Indigo Surveys remain committed to delivering practical and innovative services, with a measured survey cost that provides a cost-effective solution, no matter the specific nature of each measured survey.

Topographical Surveys

A topographical survey provides an accurate depiction of a project site and highlights any difference between the levels and gradients of the land. They help identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features both above or below the earth’s surface, including features such as trees, buildings, streets, pavements, grids/manholes, retaining walls and utility poles. A topographical survey helps to visualise the land that is to be developed so that designs can be created with full confidence.

As a baseline survey to depict a site, we tailor all measured surveys to the specific project needs and can either provide a detailed specification or work to yours. Our service is flexible in this way, as we understand well that every single client is different to the next and each project provides its own problems to solve and has its own character. We can quote from as little as a red-line Ordnance Survey boundary plan, Land Registry plan or an aerial photograph.

We use AutoCAD to produce detailed plans of the built and natural environment relative to land coordinates, an existing datum or an OS grid. We include information such as levels, contours, site features, GPS and cross-sections. As with all of our projects, we are adaptable to each client request and can deliver our completed drawing files in .pdf, .dwg and/or hard copy formats. 

Building Surveys

If you are planning internal building remodelling, alterations, an extension or need to replicate existing design detail, we can provide accurate plans of the architectural and structural aspects of a building with the level of detail required for the project.

Whether it is internal floor plans, external building elevations, building cross-sections, or street scene elevations, our adaptable approach enables each client request to be specifically met with exacting quality. Delivering accurate measured surveys to your project allows you to be as detailed as possible when it comes to planning and designing the development at hand. This is vital as a way of ensuring all processes eventually run smoothly, to budget and within often strict timeframes.

Underground utility trace

We can either produce a topographical survey drawing or alternatively, use your supplied land survey plan. This acts as a base layer whereby we can survey and map the existing utilities and underground utility services atop. By utilising electromagnetic and Ground Penetrating Radar systems (GPR) we can dramatically increase the level of accuracy and volume of services, which can be traced.

We also offer the option to integrate utility record search data for a full land-utility mapping service presented as detailed and accurate .pdf and .dwg format plan(s) using AutoCAD. Our technological equipment and team of experienced consultants allow us to match your expectations, no matter the location, scenario or project plan. We believe our approach to hard work and dedication to every client helps us to deliver a high level of quality on a consistent basis.

The team at Indigo Surveys is highly committed to continuing our quest to deliver highly practical, quality and reliable project solutions, utilising innovative techniques and methods wherever possible to ensure that a high level of standards and service is delivered on a consistent basis to all of our clients. We undertake projects where our clients require measured surveys and always deliver a process that is cost-effective and has a positive impact on a project, whilst adhering to all relevant legislation and policy.

We have worked with clients within many different sectors and industries, many of whom came to us with the initial query of what is a measured survey and who went on to find their perfect survey option. If you would like to find out more information about our services and a measured survey cost, call a friendly member of our team on 0333 123 7080 or you can email us at and we’ll contact you at a date and time that is convenient for you.

Measured Building Survey Cost

A measured building survey cost is dependent on the work you want done. Larger buildings will require a bigger floor plan, and the planning application is likely to be more detailed.

So contact us for a free quote today. 


“We have retained Indigo Surveys to undertake measured surveys and tree services for various projects over the last 5 years and have always found the price, quality and customer service to be excellent. Andrew Turnbull is exceptionally helpful, easy to contact and always responds to queries in a timely manner.”

Claire Williams
Project Manager

“I have worked with Indigo on many school projects. Many ran at the same time and had very short pre-construction programmes. Indigo were proactive and able to meet the challenging programmes, which enabled us to meet all submission dates for approval. We were kept aware of all ecology/arboricultural issues from the outset.”

Jane Shaw
Senior Design Manager

“Indigo’s role in the Project Team was crucial in obtaining Planning Permission on a complex and challenging site. Their expert arboricultural knowledge resulted in successful negotiations with the Planning Authority and helped make the project feasible while also ensuring that it preserved the character of the site.”

Graeme Mill
Project Architect

“We used Andy at Indigo Surveys for a difficult planning scheme in Wimbledon Village and found his knowledge and strategy in dealing with the various issues thrown up very impressive and the added footprint that this gave the client on the scheme was invaluable. We continue to use Indigo Surveys Ltd for Arboricultural Consultancy services, and would be very happy to recommend them.”

Martin Down
Managing Director