Guide to a site surveys in Construction

Site survey is the assessment of an area or location to get information about its viability, how much it would cost and how long it would take for a particular activity to be carried out, and the design that best suits that area. Site surveys are carried out using diverse methods depending on what the site is suited for. An architect mainly carries out this activity.

Different types of site surveys

Building Survey

This site survey is carried out to give a comprehensive assessment of the state of the property, which involves a thorough inspection. This type of survey is done to help the owner understand the state of the property, gather the risks; probable expenses needed, and develop repair plans. Building surveys can be prepared for homeowners, buyers, or investors.

Structural Survey

This survey entails an in-depth examination of the status of the property, which gives a customized recommendation on issues to do with the property and the grounds they are standing on, besides suggestions on repairs and maintenance required.

Habitat Survey

This survey evaluates the present environmental value of the property and discovers any constraints to the planned development. This kind of survey is carried out by qualified ecologists.

interior design

How are site surveys conducted;

  • The size of the site is put into consideration, and photographs are taken to allow the architect to sketch a visualization of the design.
  • Ensure the drawings of your project complies with the building regulations.
  • Establish the depth of the foundation based on the type of soil the property sits on.
  • Examine the area around the property to ensure no encroaching on pre-existing underground sewer lines or any other pipes.
  • What access will be required or available for the property, i.e. the permissions and safety of access points to be considered.
  • Find out if there are any listed buildings or protected sites around the property.
  • Assemble all the essential documents for the planning application.

The importance of regular inspection

Regular inspection is an important part of making sure that the work goes on as proposed in terms of both compliance and quality. The inspections are done for several diverse purposes throughout the length of the process. The inspections are based either permanently or based on a regular visit.

Building control inspections are observed to confirm compliance with the building’s set of laws. The inspections may be required for;

  • Excavation before backfilling.
  • Foundation before filling.
  • The damp proof course.
  • New drains before covering them up.
  • Ground beams and steelwork.
  • Insulation.
  • Construction of the roof and
  • Completion.

For large projects, the inspections may be separated from the mechanical and electrical services, structural works, and architectural works. Other inspections that may need specialized treatment are the client’s environmental policy, site waste management plan, and issues to do with accessibility. Inspections are also carried out to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations. A site survey means you can build up your investment and get the property you have been imagining.


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