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Last updated on March 25th, 2023

How much does a measured building survey cost?

What might influence your measured building survey cost and how much are you likely to pay?

A measured building survey cost can be impacted by a number of factors that we’ll cover off shortly. But first, let’s briefly outline exactly what a measured building survey is, and why you might need one.

What is a measured building survey?

A measured building survey is a highly detailed, digital version of a building or structure.

It’s a means of measuring and defining the geometrical characteristics and parametres of a building, providing an accurate representation that outlines all the structural elements and architectural features.

Measured surveys include:

  • Floor plans
  • Ceiling plans
  • Roof plans
  • Cross-sections
  • External elevations
  • Site plans

people using measured building survey plansOnce the building has been surveyed, drawings and/or a 3D model can be created.

The level of detail and accuracy provided by a measured building survey is priceless for a range of different reasons.

  • An architect, structural engineer, developer, or designer can use the survey to plan and design refurbishments, redevelopments, or extensions.
  • A property developer can use them when planning the renovation or conversion of their domestic and commercial buildings.
  • A landlord can use the survey to assist with space planning or lease plans when determining the lettable areas of a property.

On the whole, a measured building survey will help to make sure new layouts, room sizes, fire protection systems, and materials can be planned confidently while avoiding costly mistakes.

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How much does a measured building survey cost?

A measured building survey cost is normally priced up on an individual basis as no two surveys are rarely the same.

Cost provided itemUnitRange - lowRange - highAverage
Measured building survey cost£800£2,000£1,400
2D drawingsPer drawingFrom £375
3D BIM modelPer modelFrom £550

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However, you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £1,400 for a measured building survey, and it’s likely prices will be higher in London.

London measured building prices are often more due to:

  • The difficulty accessing the site to be surveyed
  • Congestion charges
  • High competition
  • Party walls

What factors impact a measured building survey cost?

3D model of a building from a measured building survey

There are a number of factors that can affect a measured survey building cost, including:

  • The size of the building to be surveyed
  • The complexity of the building, therefore the method of surveying and the time-on-site
  • How many floors need to be surveyed
  • Whether the survey is internal, external or both
  • Whether a drone survey is required
  • Whether you require drawings or a 3D model
  • Your geographical location

Use our handy search function below to find a measured building surveyor in your local area. You can also use our request a quote feature to receive quotes straight to your inbox.

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What is a measured building survey?

A measured building survey is a method of taking on-site measurements to assist with the planning of an extension, renovation, or redevelopment. Normally, technology is used to take accurate measurements of the building or structure to be surveyed, from which a technical drawing and/or 3D model can be created.

Why do I need a measured building survey?

A measured building survey provides accurate drawings (and a 3D model if required) at a reduced scale. The plans can help with planning the sizes of new rooms, the layout, fire safety plans, and space planning. This can then be used to assist with various different property projects, including developments, extensions, lease plans, redesigning, and more.

Who carries out a measured building survey?

A measured building surveyor is responsible for carrying out the measured building survey.

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