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Cox Design and Planning

We can deliver a wide range of surveying services from dimensional building surveys to topographical land surveys – take a look at our services below and see what we can do for you…

Surveying…

Our surveying team is here to help you understand your property assets; and ensure that your property portfolio is performing as it should.

Our qualified surveyors undertake a full spectrum of surveying services including measured building surveys, topographical land surveys, sense checks, as built surveys, feasibility/acquisition surveys, elevation surveys, land registry title plans, licensing plans, site inspections and condition surveys.

We can provide stand-alone contracts for individual disciplines, or assemble a package of integrated services that plan and monitor the complete management of your property.

Many new projects will require a full measured survey of the existing property. This survey provides us with a thorough understanding of the existing property including: its size and shape, the materials used in its construction and the proximity of any trees and neighbouring buildings. Along with photographs of the building this information will aid us in developing your ideas while away from site and producing detailed CAD drawings of your property.

Measured Building Surveys

Measured building surveys – large or small are carried out by our team to provide our clients with detailed drawings. These surveys are drawn on CAD software by our specialists and provide our clients with a detailed plan of their property – we also plot plans at any scale required.

The intended use for the completed survey will ultimately dictate the level of survey and accuracy required. Our team can provide measured surveys on the following levels:

  • Un-connected survey would be used for purposes such as determining of lettable areas on a room-by-room basis.
  • Semi-connected survey would be used for purposes such as internal refurbishment without major structural alterations.
  • Fully connected survey would be used where the precise relationship between different parts of the building is required, such as major structural alterations. Only by this method can a vertical relationship between elements of the structure be determined.

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Topographic Land Surveys

A good topographical survey is intrinsic to the completion of a successful project.

We can undertake topographical surveys from small assignments through to multiple acre sites preparing for large developments – bespoke to every client.

Surveys may be 2D or 3D and conducted to arbitrary co-ordinates using traditional reflectorless total station or related to Ordnance Datum and National Grid co-ordinates using latest GPS Technology.

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Party Wall/Boundary Disputes

Certain rights and obligations on owners regarding work to party walls, excavation close to structures and construction on boundaries are covered by The Party Wall Act 1996. An arrangement for the prevention and resolution of disputes between neighbours is also provided by the Act, through the appointment of surveyors who must take a practical and impartial view to confirm the work is carried out in a manner that defends the rights of all parties concerned.

Cox Design and Planning consultancy team has considerable experience working under the Party Wall Act and offers the following services:

  • General advice on whether the Act is applicable and its function.
  • Acting as building, adjoining and agreed surveyors.
  • Serving notices and awards.
  • Tenant and owner searches.
  • Neighbourly negotiation.

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As Built Survey

On completion of a construction or refurbishment project our experienced surveying team have the expertise to identify and record any variations between our clients finished structures and the original plans. We can provide field reports, measured surveys, drawings, building condition summaries, existing site conditions and photos or videos covering all of the following areas:

  • Architectural
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Machinery
  • Furniture
  • Equipment
  • Land

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Feasibility/Acquisitions

We have extensive experience of undertaking building acquisition surveys on all types of property and we guarantee that the survey for each acquisition is tailored to the individual property and the associated risks.

We understand time is of the essence during an acquisition and we appreciate the importance of identifying key issues at an early stage, which is why we will act quickly on appointment without delay.

Cox Design and Planning consultants can advise you on all types of feasibility options for land and property. Our feasibility studies for property development proposals cover issues such as development option scenarios, site selection, site assembly, site assessments, site alterations, plant, transportation assessments and budget costing.

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Quantity surveying

Our Quantity surveying team can manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures.

Our team will seek to minimize the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality. These services would include preparing tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities with the in house design team or the client. Managing the clients cost by manipulating and controlling spending by undertaking costs analysis for project works, assisting in establishing a client’s requirements and undertaking feasibility studies. Performing risk and value management and cost control to find the best competitive price within budget, other services include:

  • advising on procurement approach
  • assigning work to subcontractors
  • providing guidance on contractual claims
  • formulating and analysing costing for tenders
  • valuing completed work and arranging payments
  • costs analysis for repair and maintenance project work
  • investigating outcomes and writing detailed progress reports
  • identifying, analysing and developing responses to commercial risks
  • maintaining awareness of the different building contracts in current use

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Intrusive Structural surveys

We provide full structural surveys for a number of top 100 clients. Our structural surveyors will visit site and carry out a detailed survey of the building by exposing foundations, checking the structural integrity of the building fabric through intrusive routes.

Whilst carrying out our survey, the on-site team will search for potential building defects and compile a report which will detail and list all of the building aspects and materials used.

  • Confirming foundation depths and sizes.
  • Core drilling of existing structure.
  • Roof structure checks.
  • Masonry checks.

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Energy Performance Surveys

We are dedicated to energy efficiency, it is very important to us. Ensuring your premises is performing in the most economical and environmentally friendly way ensuring you are reducing energy consumption, wastage and carbon omission. All domestic and commercial buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate.

  • Energy performance certificates.
  • Air Condition Assessments.
  • Heat recovery.

Through clever design of new systems or improving and changing existing premises to reduce the energy you use and the cost you incur.

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Non-Intrusive Radar and Mapping Surveys

We can provide (GPR) ground penetrating radar surveys to provide our clients with high quality structural information.

  • Detect metallic and non-metallic objects and features.
  • Map rebar distribution.
  • Locate rebar and tendons before you cut, core or drill.
  • Detect voids.
  • Identify changes in construction.
  • Determine slab thickness.

The survey data can be used to determine as built information for structural purposes.

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Domestic/ Non-Domestic Environment Quality Surveys

We can provide (IAQ) indoor air quality, damp testing and lux level surveys of your existing premises to identify how the property is performing. Our in house team of technicians can also advise if any alterations need to be made to meet current regulations.

  • Existing lighting and LUX drawings.
  • Existing IAQ report.
  • Dampness and moisture report.

It is important to have an understanding of quality of the buildings environment especially in a non-domestic environment to help avoid the long term health implications in the workplace.

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Infrared Thermal Imaging Surveys

We can provide a thermal image survey to confirm the quality of existing buildings insulation and identify air leakage and heat loss pathways.

  • Thermal images in picture format.
  • Thermal insulation defects.

This provides the best method for identifying a buildings thermal performance and the avoidance of cold bridging.

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Air Leakage Surveys

We can provide Air Test & Air Leakage surveys of all new domestic and non-domestic premises.

  • Accurate on-site Air Test & Air Leakage procedures that comply with the latest revised standards.

All new build properties must comply and our aim is to ensure your premises will comply.

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Acoustic Surveys

As there is an ever increasing awareness of the harmful effects of noise pollution and also noise nuisance levels both at work and in our everyday environment. Testing information can be required for statutory applications. We will provide an acoustic environmental survey a clearly written report, including our recommendations for any remedial work, as appropriate.

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