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Measured Building Surveys by Red Box Surveys

Reliable & Accurate Measured Building Survey Services

Navigating the complexities of a building, be it for renovation, selling, or record-keeping, requires detailed and precise surveys.

Our UK-wide services are tailored to provide the exact measurements you need, delivered by seasoned professionals.

Our expert surveyors encompass everything from floor plans, elevations, cross sectional surveys right the way through to reflected ceiling plans and structural elements. With a commitment to detail and efficiency, we provide accurate plans to scale, ensuring your projects stay on track even with tight schedules.

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Measured Building Surveys by Red Box Surveys Reliable & Accurate Measured Building Survey Services

What Is a Measured Building Survey?

A measured building survey is a detailed map of a building. It shows every part of the structure in depth.

Key Components of a Measured Building Survey:

  • Floor Plans: This is a bird’s-eye view of the building, showcasing the arrangement of rooms, corridors, and any integral parts of the structure. It provides both a layout and the specific dimensions of each section.
  • Cross-Sections: Offering a vertical cutaway view, cross-sections detail the relationship between different parts of the building. They can highlight aspects like floor thickness, ceiling heights, and insulation layers.
  • Elevations: These are flat representations of the building’s facades. Whether it’s the front, rear, or sides, elevations depict the external features and finishes of a building, from windows and doors to decorative elements.
  • Detailed Features Beyond the larger structural components, a measured building survey dives into the intricacies. This can include capturing the specifics of architectural elements like staircases, window styles, or unique mouldings.
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Purpose and Application:

The purpose of a measured building survey extends beyond just a mere representation. It aids in:

  • Renovation Projects: Before making any changes to a structure, it’s crucial to understand its current state. The survey provides architects and builders with a precise blueprint to work from.
  • Property Sales: For prospective buyers or estate agents, having a detailed survey offers clarity about the property’s dimensions and unique features.
  • Record Keeping: For historical or listed buildings, having a comprehensive survey ensures there’s a record of the building’s original state, useful for conservation efforts.

In essence, a measured building survey is the cornerstone for anyone looking to understand, work with, or preserve a structure, providing clarity and insight into every nook and cranny.

Why Choose Our Services?

Leveraging extensive experience, cutting-edge technology, and a client-first approach, we've seamlessly executed countless projects, consistently exceeding expectations.


Accuracy First

Our surveys stand out because of their meticulous attention to detail. We understand that in this field, even the slightest error can have significant implications. Therefore, we ensure every measurement, every line, and every detail is spot on.


Experienced Team

Our surveyors, with their vast reservoir of knowledge and hands-on experience, are committed to delivering excellence. Their expertise ensures that you receive the best advice, guidance, and service throughout the process.


Up-to-Date Technology

Investing in the latest surveying technology and software ensures we stay ahead of the curve. This not only speeds up the process but also increases the precision and reliability of our surveys.


Tailored to Your Needs

We take the time to understand your specific requirements and tailor our approach accordingly. Whether it's a historic building needing delicate handling or a modern structure with its unique challenges, we adapt to ensure optimal results.


Coverage Across the UK

From London, Manchester, and Birmingham to the serene countryside of Wales and Scotland, our team is always ready. We pride ourselves on being able to serve clients no matter the location, ensuring a consistent quality of service across the board.

Why Are ‘As Built’ Surveys Vital?

When a building project ends, we must note down how it turned out. Here’s why ‘as built’ surveys or measured building survey are so important:

  • Real-World Picture: Not everything goes to plan. Despite the best intentions, changes can and do happen. An ‘as built’ survey paints the real picture, showing how the building actually stands, not just how it was meant to be.
  • Spotting Changes: Did the builders move a wall a bit? Is a window slightly bigger? These surveys find such differences. They highlight where the completed project varies from the original design.
  • Legal and Regulatory: Sometimes, local councils or bodies need to know exact details after construction. ‘As built’ surveys give them this data, helping meet any legal or regulation needs.
  • Future Work: Planning to expand or modify later? The ‘as built’ survey is your roadmap. It offers a precise starting point for any future work or changes.

Peace of Mind: There’s comfort in clarity. Knowing the exact state of a building, with all its quirks and deviations, lets owners and stakeholders rest easy.

In essence, these surveys lock in the final state of a project. They offer a clear, accurate look at a building once the dust settles.

Measured Building Survey Process

Understanding the intricacies of a building and accurately documenting its structure demands a systematic approach.

Our tried-and-true process ensures we capture every detail, delivering results that stand out in precision and clarity.



Before we commence any measured building survey, it's crucial to understand your unique needs and the specific challenges of the site in question. This initial consultation allows us to gather insights into what you're aiming to achieve, any concerns you might have, and the characteristics of the building or site. It's an opportunity for open dialogue, ensuring our services align perfectly with your expectations.


Site Visit

Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a wealth of experience, our team will then conduct a thorough visit to the site. This isn't just about measurements; it's about understanding the environment, the context, and any potential challenges that might arise during the survey. Every corner, every nook, and every cranny is inspected to ensure comprehensive data collection.


Data Processing

After collecting raw data from the site measured building survey, it's time to turn this into actionable insights. Using cutting-edge software tools, we meticulously process the data, ensuring every measurement is accurate, and every detail is captured. This phase ensures the information is presented in a format that's easy to understand and is tailored to your specific needs.



Once the data is processed and reviewed for quality, we prepare the final deliverables. This could include detailed drawings, comprehensive floor plans, elevations, cross-sections, or any specific document you require. Our goal is to provide you with clear, concise, and accurate representations of the site, ensuring you have everything you need for your next steps, whether that's construction, renovation, or record-keeping.

Red Box Surveys: Measured Building Surveys

At Red Box Surveys, our accuracy is coupled with speed. Whether it’s floor plans, structural outlines, cross-sectional views, or reflected ceiling plans, our commitment remains unchanged: providing intricate details at an optimal scale to ensure your projects progress smoothly, and the outcome impresses your clientele.

Floor Plans: Beyond Mere Layouts

Our floor plans don’t just depict layouts; they encapsulate the very essence of a building’s structure. From showing structural elements like walls, doors, and beams to detailing fixtures such as light switches and radiators, we delve deep into the finer points. But that’s not all; we offer three distinct floor plan types:

  • Unconnected Surveys: Primarily for measuring lettable areas on a room-by-room basis.
    Semi-Connected Surveys: Ground floors undergo comprehensive surveying, with other floors matched using verticality assumptions.
  • Fully Connected Surveys: A method where each part of a building is interlinked through a common survey control network, revealing true vertical and horizontal relationships.

To achieve this, our arsenal boasts everything from state-of-the-art laser scanning tools and total stations to handheld digital tape measures.

Elevations: Detailing Exteriors

Elevation or facade surveys, be it for a regular building or a unique structure like a bridge, capture every nuance. Our approach accounts for every architectural aspect—windows, roof particulars, glazing, and more. Plus, with our modern tools, we can even produce street scene elevations remotely, even for properties where access may be a challenge.

Reflected Ceiling Plans: The Overhead Story

Red Box offers ceiling plans that mirror the orientation of their corresponding floor plans. Whether it’s architectural details like mouldings or technical placements like electric fixtures, we’ve got it covered. And our non-intrusive techniques mean no disruptions or ladder hassles.

Laser Scanning: The Future of Surveying

Our high-definition laser scanning is perfect for capturing vast volumes of 3D data swiftly. It’s a tool we’ve found indispensable for historic sites and modern buildings alike. But its utility isn’t limited to just buildings; from highway projects to tunnelling tasks or hazardous sites, laser scanning proves invaluable.

Over the years, our portfolio has grown to include prestigious projects such as Tabley House in Cheshire and the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire. Yet, our commitment remains steadfast, whether we’re working on grand historic structures or everyday residential and commercial units.

Frequently Asked Questions about Measured Building Surveys

A Measured building survey play a crucial role in property and construction projects. If you're seeking clarity on what they entail and why they're important, you're in the right place. Below, we address the most common queries on the topic.
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