Surveying

General

Our team can assist you with a variety of services, including: surveying and drawing of Land Registry compliant plans; surveying and drawing of plans to be used by architects or property professionals or for planning purposes, including detailed, scaled floor plans, elevations, sections, topographical surveys and others; surveying and drawing of HMO plans; area measurement drawings for valuations.


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Please contact us with the address details of your building and/or site. Please include as much information as you have: existing plans, even if not to scale, and photographs are always a great help. An experienced member of our team will assess the project and provide you with a fee proposal, details of our survey and timescale.

Land Registry and Lease Plans

If your property was registered before 2002, it is almost certain that your plan will not comply with current Land Registry guidelines, so we would advise completing a new, fully compliant lease plan.

Estate agent floor plans are normally drawn for marketing purposes and therefore do not show all the details/features needed for a Land Registry compliant plan. However, we are always happy to check a floor plan to see if it can be adapted and converted into a compliant plan.

If the drawings are in CAD format and include sufficient details, we may be able to use them and provide you with a faster and more cost-effective service. Please send the files via email to [email protected] and a colleague will be able to confirm with you.

Yes, Fourwalls Surveys has been preparing Land Registry compliant lease plans for the past 20 years and all our Land Registry plans are fully compliant with The Land Registry Practice Guide 40. Our team supply law firms, surveyors, developers, commercial agents, high profile asset management investment firms and private clients.

Yes, they are normally added to the lease plan in accordance with the information we have. We do, however, ask you to check with your solicitor if our assumptions are correct. The correct colouring and descriptions can be found in the property’s deed.

Costs vary depending on the type of service required and size of the property – please contact us and we will be pleased to discuss further.

Yes, they are normally added to the lease plan in accordance with the information we have. We do, however, ask you to check with your solicitor if our assumptions are correct. The colouring and descriptions are listed in the property’s deeds and we do not normally have a copy of this document.

Costs vary depending on the type of service required and size of the property, but our Land Registry lease plan service starts from only £99 plus VAT (if you can provide .dwg/.dxf files of the Ordnance Survey map and property floor plan).

We aim to carry out each survey within two to three working days of receiving the instruction and send draft plans within two to three working days of the appointment, depending on the size and complexity of the survey. However, our team will always attempt to accommodate should you need a faster turnaround time.

Measured Building Surveys & Topographical Surveys

Floor plans are an essential element of a Measured Building Survey, as they show an accurate representation of the layout of a building and include all the information gathered during the survey. They normally include all main walls, partitions and columns, door and window openings with sill and head heights, ceiling heights, overhead beams with underside heights, skylights, any steps/staircases, main service inlets, meters, boiler and hot water tank position. Measured Building Surveys can also include external elevations, cross sections, internal elevations, reflective ceiling floor plans, roof plans, and others.

We can customise the details included on a Measured Building Survey according to your specification, budget, and scope of the survey.

Generally, our Measured Building Surveys are carried out and drawn to a scale of 1:50, in accordance with the Measured Surveys of Land, Buildings and Utilities, 3rd edition, published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. We can however customise the accuracy of a Measured Building Survey according to your specification, budget, and scope of the survey.

Topographical or Land Surveys are scaled drawings that show an accurate representation of an area. They are used to show all existing natural and man-made features, including buildings, land features and physical boundary details. The level of detail included in a Topographical Survey depends on your requirements and the scope of the survey. Normally, it would include any existing buildings and structures, boundary details, level heights, surface features, visible services, drainage, manhole, gully location and orientation, tree positions, street furniture, amongst others.

Every survey drawing (Measured Building Surveys and Topographical Surveys) includes levels and coordinates. Levels can be taken from an arbitrary datum decided locally or tied to the National Grid Ordnance Survey. As standard, all our surveys are based on an arbitrary datum. However, we can accommodate your request should you require a different datum type. Please remember to inform our Surveys team ahead of the survey.

Costs vary depending on the type of service required and size of the property– just contact us and we will be pleased to discuss further.

Other

Yes, our team can assist you with the survey and drawing of HMO plans. Although guidelines are set by the government, local authorities may have different requirements to be met. Please check in advance with your planning officer and inform our team ahead of the survey.

Yes, our Surveys team have achieved the accreditation of Property Measurers from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and can help with your request.

Our CAD team will be very happy to help you with simple amendments to existing drawings. However, this is not our field of expertise and we are not able to provide any planning advice.

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