Prestbury village dates back to Saxon times and is so called because it was thought that priests settled there making it into a fortified enclosure (from the name Preosta Burh). It is thought that Prestbury itself was not mentioned in the Domesday Book either because it was too small or had only a church and no manor.
Today Prestbury is a much sought after location and along with the two other villages that make up the ‘Cheshire Golden Triangle’ (Wilmslow and Alderley Edge), it is one of the most expensive places to live outside of London. The quaint village has a population of just 3,500 inhabitants and some of the original buildings, dating back to the 15th and 16th Century, are still standing today.
In July 2016, NJSR Chartered Architects were looking for a company to produce a 2D drawing and a 3D measured building model of three luxury suites of the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London and Powers & Tiltman were lucky enough to get the job. The conversation quickly turned to whether we would use a Leica Total Station or a Leica P40 Scanstation to develop the elevations and models at the Renzo Piano designed landmark.
Key project deliverables included speed, cost effectiveness and producing the relevant detailed information for both models required.
St Elijah's Monastery, Iraq.
The destruction of Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery by Islamic State fighters, a site of cultural significance and a building that has survived over 1400 years of assaults from nature, war and at times, religious unrest has sparked interest from the world as to how we will preserve and protect sites of archaeological and cultural significance in the future.
A few weeks ago our land surveying team got a call from the Antiques Roadshow location staff who were planning a show at the picturesque Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent. The team wished to erect marquees and gazebos in the gardens but were concerned about what cables and services lay below the ground that could be damaged from poles that needed to be deeply embedded into the earth.
Barely a week goes by without renewable energy hitting the headlines for one reason or another. It’s a key part of the Government’s green energy strategy, and there are lots of renewable energy projects coming to fruition the length and breadth of the country.
Wind farms are probably the best-known form of renewable energy, not least because they’re so visible, but lots of other technologies are now being rolled out, including solar farms, hydro-electricity and anaerobic digester plants.
Powers and Tiltman Land Surveyors exist to support the preconstruction phase of many large contractor’s projects by providing topographical surveys, underground utilities scans, measured building surveys and the setting out of sites. The scheme to expand the physical capacity at Bishop Heber High School, which will allow for an increase in the published admission number of pupils from 180 to 210 (and accommodate overall from 1121 to 1334 pupils), was no exception.
Working on behalf of Balfour Beatty, who had been awarded the scheme, Powers & Tiltman’s surveyors carried out the following pre-construction surveys for the contractor:
A full topographical survey of the Bishop Heber site was carried out detailing the current features and levels within it to enable the contractor to design and position the new buildings and surrounding landscape. The surveys issued to the team at Balfour Beatty were in our standard 2D and 3D BIM compatible formats and we did this in order to satisfy the different criteria of the architects, designers and highways departments, who require our surveys in different formats for their specific use.
As specialist land surveyors, our role is usually ‘done and dusted’ in the very early days of a new development. Often a year or two have passed by the time the building work is complete.
That’s why it’s great to see a site we’ve worked on finally come to fruition, like The EPIC Centre in Ellesmere Port, a £15m leisure facility located just a short drive from our offices in Frodsham, Cheshire. A clear demonstration of public and private sectors working in partnership.
Around two years ago we were commissioned to undertake a topographic survey, an underground utilities trace and a tree survey in Northwich. It was the start of a major redevelopment in the town, aiming to breathe life into the local community through the arts and sport.
At the time of our surveys, the site was home to a 1960s-style Magistrates’ Court and Memorial Hall.
As land surveyors, we’ve had the capability to carry out 3D surveys for clients who are working with BIM software for many years (in DXF or DWG file formats). If the client knows that the project they are working on is part of a BIM model then as long as their brief is specific, we can deliver on this.
We’re often asked to be involved in innovative, new construction projects. So when the opportunity arose to help develop the UK’s first supermarket hydrogen refuelling station, we jumped at the chance.
Our engineering surveys team was commissioned for the ‘setting out’ work of the SmartFuel forecourt at Sainsbury’s in Hendon, one of only a few such commercial facilities currently in operation.
For anyone that would like to pursue a career in land surveying, The Survey Association have redesigned and completely overhauled their Become a Surveyor website (www.becomeasurveyor.co.uk) giving you detailed information on how to get into this career through the different channels available.
Over the years Powers & Tiltman have received thousands of briefs for projects all around the country. Project briefs come in various formats from a one sentence e-mail to detailed instructions of the whole construction project. In many cases an initial discussion with our client means they have to go away and do a bit more digging for information, which takes time they may not have.
- Experienced at keeping a project on time and within budget
- Your plans delivered in your exact required software
- Experts at solving complex mapping and engineering challenges
- A fast, flexible and accurate topographic mapping service
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