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Terrain Surveys

The straightforward survey company

Terrain Surveys Land and Building Surveyors take pride in producing high-quality drawings and 3D models with a survey solution tailored to the specific needs of your project. With a wealth of experience project managing and producing measured surveys, the following are key points where we add value to your project:

  • happy to talk to you and discuss your project requirements, provide free advice, ensuring that you get the best results from your measured survey.
  • providing clear and concise survey proposals and should we be unclear on any part of your request, we will talk through with you and never make assumptions. We want to deliver the information that you need and there to be no surprises.
  • being open and honest, we will not make promises on a delivery programme that we cannot achieve. If we feel that a requested delivery timeframe cannot be met, we will let you know, providing an agreeable solution that suits you.
  • keeping up to date with the latest survey technology, such as 3D laser scanning or drone surveys, we provide you with the most efficient solution suited to your project.
  • with a wealth of survey knowledge and experience within the company, we know what information is needed for your project and will provide information that may not have been requested. We will do our best to give you the information that is critical to a successful project.
  • providing well presented and clearly annotated survey deliverables. We take our time and take pride in our drawings and models, making sure that you are getting clear information that you can work with.

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What we offer

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Terrain Surveys Land and Building Surveyors offer a full range of 2D and 3D measured services including:

  • Topographical Surveys
  • Measured Building Surveys
  • BIM Ready Surveys Models
  • 3D Laser Scanning
  • Utility Surveys
  • Area Referencing
  • Rail Surveys
  • Monitoring
  • Rights of Light
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Our Projects

Drone Mapping on Hard to Reach Locations For Topographic Survey Project

Autodesk has launched Revit 2022, which will deliver “more effective design to documentation workflows, improved interoperability for project teams across all stages of design, and a raft of design productivity enhancements”. The latest version of Revit follows more than 8,000 user votes on what would make the software better. In a blog post, Autodesk product….

UAVs Usage for Flat Roof Drainage Calculations

Autodesk has launched Revit 2022, which will deliver “more effective design to documentation workflows, improved interoperability for project teams across all stages of design, and a raft of design productivity enhancements”. The latest version of Revit follows more than 8,000 user votes on what would make the software better. In a blog post, Autodesk product….

Deconstructing Digital Cultural Heritage

Whether as 2D drawings or 3D point clouds, digital cultural heritage is becoming the norm in heritage documentation nowadays. However, raw digital data still requires manual labelling in order to add tangible information to the otherwise strictly geometric data. This article presents an algorithmic approach to systematically deconstructing and semantically…..

Polish Mine Uses Drone For 3D Scanning

A Polish mine owner has turned to a combination of a Topcon drone and Bentley Systems’ ContextCapture software to halve the time it takes to 3D scan its reserves. The White Mountain sand mine, about 100km to the south of Warsaw, is Europe’s biggest sand supplier. Located in Biala Gora in the centre of Poland, the mine is owned by the Quarzwerke Group and is….

Autodesk Launches Revit 2022 In Response To User Feedback

Autodesk has launched Revit 2022, which will deliver “more effective design to documentation workflows, improved interoperability for project teams across all stages of design, and a raft of design productivity enhancements”. The latest version of Revit follows more than 8,000 user votes on what would make the software better. In a blog post, Autodesk product….

The Belvedere, East Village, Stratford

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by the local NHS trust to carry out a programme of measured surveys at the St Pancras Hospital site. A topographical survey, elevations and an underground service trace…

Aerial Surveys Hertfordshire – St Albans Cathedral

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by the local NHS trust to carry out a programme of measured surveys at the St Pancras Hospital site. A topographical survey, elevations and an underground service trace…

3D Revit Survey Model of St Pancras Hospital site

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by the local NHS trust to carry out a programme of measured surveys at the St Pancras Hospital site. A topographical survey, elevations and an underground service trace…

Bedford Place

We were commissioned by consulting engineers Mason Navarro Pledge on behalf of The Bedford Estate to carry out some monitoring survey work at the properties at Bedford Place. This consisted of verticality surveys to the building facades…

Meridian Water

Meridian Water is a £6bn regeneration programme of a site located in Edmonton, north London. Led by the London Borough of Enfield the proposed programme is to deliver 10,000 new homes and thousands of jobs over a 20 year…

Manton Lane Reservoir

The underground reservoir decommissioned by Anglian Water over 20 years ago is located on Manton Lane in Bedford. The reservoir is to be demolished and an industrial unit built in its place. Terrain Surveys were commissioned…

Area Referencing Plan – Warehouse

Area Referencing plans form a critical part of all property/rental valuations or asset management planning. Many newly constructed buildings require area reference surveys to ensure they have been constructed…

Offices Area Referencing Plans

Terrain Surveys have provided accurate and comprehensive area referencing plans for a variety of property types including office developments. Working to the latest RICS standards for property measurement, Terrain Surveys provide highly….

Broadwater Farm Estate

Broadwater Farm is a large housing estate built in the early 1970’s and located in Tottenham, north London. In recent years Haringey Council have identified that remedial works are necessary on a number of the housing blocks to make them…

Kennington Park

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by the site’s owners to produce measured surveys including a topographical survey and 3D model information for daylight sunlight studies. Using 3D laser scanning, pointcloud data was captured of the buildings…

Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory is located in Wood Green, north London. The building offers workspaces to rent in the form of offices, studios and workshop spaces. The building was originally the headquarters of Barrat & Co, one of Britain’s best…

Detached Property in Hitchin

To aid a proposed refurbishment of the property Terrain Surveys were commissioned to produce a comprehensive set of measured survey plans. This included a topographical survey of the garden and immediate external areas…

House 3D Revit Survey

Norwood based architects and interior designers, Micasa, contacted us to provide a measured survey of a semi-detached house located in Woodford. To aid a proposed refurbishment of the property Terrain Surveys were commissioned…

Westmorland Shopping Centre

Westmorland Shopping Centre is located in the centre of Kendal in the Lake District. With proposals in place to modernize the shopping centre, which currently comprises of a number of units on two levels and Kendal’s indoor market…

Robert Clack School of Science

Robert Clack School of Science, one of the largest comprehensive school sites in the country is located in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Measured surveys were required for a large expansion project which included building on a new site…

Merchant Taylor Prep School

Merchant Taylors’ Preparatory School is an independent day school located in Moor Park, Hertfordshire. Measured surveys were required for a redevelopment project which included a 3D Revit model of one of the school buildings. We were…

Nightingale Estate

Located near Hackney Downs, Hackney Council is planning to transform the Nightingale estate with high-quality new council homes. The regeneration of the estate will bring 400 new mixed tenure homes, a community centre and new public spaces.

Stevenage Town Centre

Stevenage Town Centre is undergoing an ambitious £350m redevelopment plan, which will bring new shops, bars, restaurants and homes. Measured surveys were required to aid the improvement plans to the public spaces. We were commissioned…

Former Royal London Hospital

As part of the £77m regeneration project, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is converting the former Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel into their new town hall and administration complex. The conversion to the new Civic Centre…

St Peter’s Hospital

St Peter’s Hospital is an NHS general hospital located in Chertsey. Plans have been submitted to redevelop parts of surplus land at the hospital site for housing and make improvements around the hospital including new car parking…

Haberdashers Aske’s Boys School

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School is an independent day school located on a large site near Elstree in Hertfordshire. Measured surveys were required for a proposal to build 9000sqm of new teaching facilities…

Fort Gilkicker

Fort Gilkicker is a Victorian Fort located on the Hampshire coast overlooking the Solent,near Gosport. It consisted of 22 gun emplacements in a semi-circular series of granite faced casements designed to protect against approaches to Portsmouth…

Thai Temple, Wimbledon

The Buddhapadipa Temple is a Buddhist monastery located in Wimbledon south London, the first Thai Temple to be built in the UK. The exterior of the temple is ornately decorated wooden fretwork with interior of the temple…

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

Christchurch Mansion is a Tudor Mansion located in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. The Grade I listed building is now part of the Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, housing collections of pottery and glass and paintings by artists including…

Verticality Survey, Gable End Wall, London

A consulting engineer contacted Terrain Surveys after his client raised concerns about the structural integrity of a gable wall on his property. After an on site consultation, Terrain Surveys produced a method…

Geffrye Museum

Working closely with the Museum and their architect, we have carried out several measured surveys over the last 4 years. This is all part of the ongoing £18 million additions and modernization to this East London Museum in Shoreditch…

Ripon College

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by architects Hopper Howe Sadler to produce a topographic survey of the campus grounds with floor plans and elevations of Ripon College’s buildings and accommodation blocks. The site is a theological college…

Manor House, Oxfordshire

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by Cheshire based architects, Janine Stone, to carry out a measured survey of the property. Their requirements consisted of producing a topographical survey of the land and gardens, floor plans, elevations…

Topographical Survey, 3D Plans and Elevations on Youngsbury Estate

Terrain Surveys completed a topographical survey of the Youngsbury Estate near Wadesmill, Hertford along with a comprehensive measured survey of…

Revit Model of Apartment in London’s South Bank Tower

Terrain Surveys completed a full 3D measured survey and produced a detailed Revit model of a 31st floor apartment in London’s South Bank Tower. South Bank Tower is a 41-storey development that is a…

Terrain Surveys Undertake a Measured Survey of the Oldest Pub in England

Terrain Surveys completed a full measured survey of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans, ready for a £1 million restoration and redevelopment of this eighth century…

3D laser scanning at Harpenden Memorial Hospital

Colin Wheeldon, Director of Terrain Surveys, was born at the Harpenden Memorial Hospital. So it seems only fitting that his firm completed measured building and underground surveys and 3D laser scanning…

10km Luton Dunstable Busway Survey completed

Terrain Surveys completed a detailed measured survey of Luton Dunstable Busway – a 10km dedicated bus route between Luton and Dunstable, which continues to Houghton Regis on the road network…

Royal London Hospital Revit Survey

Revit Survey of former Royal London Hospital used by AHMM to design Tower Hamlets Town Hall As part of a £77m urban regeneration project, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is converting the former Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel into a new town hall and administration complex. Working with Allford Hall Mogahan Morris Architects (AHMM), [...]

Rectory Lane 3D Laser Scanning Cemetery Walls

Rectory Lane Cemetery is a large open space located centrally within Berkhamsted. With the support of lottery funding, local charity the Friends of St. Peter’s Berkhamsted plans to restore…

Topographical Surveys 3D Revit Models Study Preparatory School, Wimbledon

When the school commissioned Nicholas Hare Architects to undertake design work for a programme of refurbishment work, Terrain Surveys were contracted to survey…

UK’s First Thai Buddhist Temple Surveyed by Terrain Surveys

The Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon is the first Thai Buddhist temple in the UK. Originally inaugurated in 1966 by the Royal Thai Embassy, the temple was relocated from a site in East Sheen to its present location in 1976. The temple building is surrounded by four acres of tranquil gardens. Land surveyors from Terrain Surveys [...]

28,270 sq m Former British Gas Works Surveyed

The former British Gas Works site at Albert Road in New Barnet has been surveyed by Terrain Surveys working for Rund Partnership on behalf of One Housing Group. The gas…

3D Survey Model Enables Vertical Extension

Terrain Surveys were approached by PHD Associates to produce a 3D Survey model to help in converting 2 Jamaica Road – a landmark building, originally built in 1887, nestled between 2 taller…

Terrain Surveys 3D Laser Scanning Brings 19th Century Simon Community Building into the 21st Century

Terrain Surveys 3D Laser Scanning completed a full measured building survey and produced 3D pointcloud data files of the 19th century Simon Community building in Camden, ready for a major refurbishment project. 129 Malden Road, Camden is the very heart of the Simon Community.  It was the first residential property opened by the charity dedicated [...]

How 3D laser scanning supports the building design process

3D laser scanning surveys have become an indispensable tool for use in building construction. Terrain Surveys Laser Scanning method of measurement allows designers and project managers to rapidly acquire building data in three dimensions reliably and with low processing time. 3D laser scanning digitally captures the shape of physical objects using laser to accurately capture [...]

Terrain Survey Tower Block and Two Hectare Nightingale Estate in Hackney

Terrain Surveys have completed topographical and measured building surveys of two hectares of the Nightingale Estate, working for the London Borough of Hackney. 3D laser scanning of existing buildings and infrastructure was carried out to support design of the final phase of the estate’s redevelopment. The regeneration is part of the council’s 2,760 home estate [...]

Cygnet Health Care Commission measured surveys by Terrain Surveys

Terrain Surveys are undertaking a series of detailed measured surveys for Cygnet Health Care, one of the UK's largest independent providers of mental health and social care services with 19 properties throughout the UK. At Cygnet’s Tabley House, an 18th Century Palladian manor on the outskirts of Knutsford in Cheshire, Terrain carried out a 3D [...]

3D Laser Scanning to Survey 3 Hillingdon Schools

Terrain Surveys have completed measured 3D laser scanning surveys for three Hillingdon schools – Hillside Primary, Newnham Primary and Warrender School as part of the Department for…

3D BIM Revit Model of 40,000sqm Edward Woods Estate in Hammersmith

Edward Woods Estate near Shepherds Bush in London has seen significant investment over the last six years to regenerate the area. Following major refurbishment to improve…

3D Laser Scanning for Verticality Survey

Terrain Surveys used 3D laser scanning techniques to accurately measure the verticality of the steeple at St. Vedast church in London. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and noted for its unusual…

Revit Model Supports Visualisation for Edwardian Apartment Conversion

When planning to convert an Edwardian semi-detached house at Hillcrest Road, Acton into three separate apartments, Statman Architects commissioned…

Terrain Supports Workspace Development Programme

Workspace owns over 100 properties in London with a total value of over £1bn, providing flexible leases for new and growing companies. To support the company’s development pipeline, Terrain Surveys have…

3D Models of World War II Fighter Pens at RAF Coltishall

Working with Mason Navarro Pledge structural and civil engineers and Purcell architects, Terrain Surveys have produced 3D models of the World War II fighter pens at RAF Coltishall in Norfolk; a Scheduled…

Terrain helps prepare Aylesbury Estate Regeneration

The team at Terrain Surveys have completed a full topographical and measured survey of the 84 acre Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, ready for a 20 year reconstruction project including 4,200…

Tower of London Middle Drawbridge is Not Falling Down

The Tower of London, built over 900 years ago and covering 18 acres, is today one of the world’s major tourist attractions and a World Heritage site, attracting over two million visitors a year from all over the…

Ipswich Leisure and Culture Buildings Benefit from Laser Survey by Terrain Surveys

Following a 3D laser survey scan of Ipswich Museum, Terrain Surveys have carried out measured and topographical surveys of Regent Theatre and Christchurch Mansion, a Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house. Detailed CAD drawings from scan data were produced for designers involved in capital refurbishment projects at each of the premises. Regent Theatre, a Grade [...]

Aldenham School – Land and Topographical Surveys Completed

Aldenham School in Hertfordshire worked with Terrain Surveys Ltd. to carry out land and topographical surveys for the whole, 120 acre estate. Terrain visited the site on three days during December 2012 and produced generalised topographical drawings, carefully recording positions of manholes and gullies. The team carried out a subsequent survey in December 2013, producing [...]

Terrain Keeps Its Cool at Data Centre, Birmingham

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by Cadan Design to survey the cooling plant for a data centre in Birmingham. The cooling plant’s main function is to cool the banks of servers and ensure nothing overheats. The…

Architectural Features Captured by 3D Laser Scanning

Terrain Surveys were commissioned by architects Engine Room to survey this building for Drapers’ Company, which was founded more than 600 years ago and is incorporated by Royal Charter as one of the 12 Great…

13 Schools Surveyed for Hertfordshire County Council

Full measured surveys were carried out for 13 schools in Hertfordshire within the month of March 2013, working to a strict timescale to support the county’s investment in the Primary School Expansion Programme…

Terrain Surveys Completes Survey of 18 Schools

Working with EC Harris on behalf of the Education Funding Agency (EFA), Terrain Surveys Ltd. have completed 18 extensive school surveys in the North East with pressing needs for refurbishment. This is the first batch from a total of 27 state schools in the region which have been allocated funds to rebuild or refurbish. The [...]

Laser Scanning of Nelson’s Column for New Hat

At 5am on the last day in August, over twenty colourful hats appeared on statues throughout the capital. The highest, on Nelson’s column, was craned into place during pitch darkness following weeks of…

Large Building Survey Terrain Surveys

Terrain Surveys began 2011 with a busy first quarter, with an upturn in quotations and commissions for measured surveys. In January and February a team of several surveyors were busy on a large building survey in Leicester. Covering seven floors and 29,000sqm we provided a topographical survey, floor plans, elevations and sections. A more recent [...]

3D Laser Scanning

The above 3D Laser Scanning image of Welwyn High Street illustrates the amount of detail achieved from a single scan taking minutes to capture. Using conventional surveying methods this amount of detail would take at the very least a day to capture. To produce this image, the raw data is quickly processed to generate the [...]

Measured Building Survey in Winter

Winter has arrived early this year and our topographical survey teams are working outside in some harsh wintry conditions. Terrain Surveys have been busy on numerous measured building survey projects largely on residential projects throughout London and the south east. A large and ongoing measured building survey project has kept our surveyors busy, for the [...]


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