Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Site Analysis - prior to purchasing a building site it is essential to conduct a thorough survey to ascertain whether the site characteristics suit the development concept. The following guidance forms a basic checklist:

* Refer to Ordnance Survey maps to determine adjacent features, location, roads, facilities, footpaths and rights of way.
* Conduct a measurement survey to establish site dimensions and levels.
* Observe surface characteristics, i.e. trees, steep slopes, existing buildings, rock outcrops, wells.
* Inquire of local authority whether preservation orders affect the site and if it forms part of a conservation area.
* Investigate subsoil. Use trial holes and borings to determine soil quality and water table level.
* Consider flood potential, possibilities for drainage of water table, capping of springs, filling of ponds, diversion of streams and rivers.
* Consult local utilities providers for underground and overhead services, proximity to site and whether they cross the site.
* Note suspicious factors such as filled ground, cracks in the ground, subsidence due to mining and any cracks in existing buildings.
* Regard neighbourhood scale and character of buildings with respect to proposed new development.
* Decide on best location for building (if space permits) with regard to `cut and fill', land slope, exposure to sun and prevailing conditions, practical use and access.


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