What do Topographical & Measured Building Surveys Cost?

How much is a Topographical Survey & a Measured Building Survey

At Bury Associates, we believe in transparency when it comes to pricing. To start planning your project you need to know how much is your topographical survey or full measured building survey going to cost. Our prices for topographical and measured building surveys are determined by several factors. Firstly, we consider our costs, which include salaries for our skilled surveying team, office rent to maintain a professional workspace, equipment purchases to ensure accuracy, software investments to enhance efficiency, and insurances for the protection of both our team and your project. Additionally, it's crucial to emphasize the necessity of making a profit - this allows us to continually invest in top-quality resources, maintain our exceptional service standards, and sustain our commitment to delivering reliable and accurate surveying solutions.

Every project we carry out for our customers is different, so every price is calculated specifically for the work involved. There are 5 main factors that determine the price of a survey:

  • Location - our travel and, if the job will take more than a day on site, accommodation costs.
  • The amount of site work involved - larger or more complicated projects take more time and may require more surveyors on site.
  • How much office time will be required to process and model the site data to produce the final deliverables.
  • Our operating costs.
  • Our profit margin.

So what can I expect to pay for a topographical or measured building survey?

As a rough guide, you should expect to pay around £500+VAT for every day a topographical or measured building survey takes to complete. For instance, a topographical survey of 0.5 hectares might take a day on site and a day in the office, so the price would be in the region of £1,000. A small measured building survey, for instance, a 4-bedroomed Victorian townhouse, would take a day to survey and 3 to 4 days of processing and modelling/drawing in the office.

As already mentioned, location and project complexity will make prices vary widely so these figures should be used as a rough guide only. Contact us about your project and we'll provide you with a fixed price for everything you need.

Can you explain your costs in a bit more detail?

Surveying is an expensive business. We have to buy the same design software our architect customers use but in addition, we need lots of costly equipment such as laser scanners and survey-grade GPS systems. We also need professional software to process survey data, register point clouds, and process photography into high-resolution 3D models - and all that memory-hungry software needs very powerful computers costing an awful lot more than your average home pc. All of our modelling team need Revit licences that cost nearly £3,000 each a year (we spend tens of thousands of pounds each year on software licences), our laser scanners cost in excess of £35,000 each (some are much more) and a GPS system won't give you much change out of £20,000 if you want to buy one.

We have the best equipment, software, and most importantly staff, so we can carry out the best possible surveys for all of our customers. Quality comes at a cost. We're so glad that our customers appreciate that and come back to us time and time again.

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