Land, Measured Building & Underground Utilities Survey
Perth Royal Infirmary

Comprehensive suite of surveys for Perth Royal Infirmary

We have completed a series of surveying projects at the Perth Royal Infirmary in Tayside Scotland. Part of the existing hospital is to be redeveloped by NHS Tayside as a new National Treatment Centre. RDA Architects, responsible for the design and planning of the £35 million centre, required extensive surveys to be carried out and put the project out to tender.

Having successfully won the tender based on the fact we were local, a team from our Glasgow office commenced work on measured building surveys to detail the floor plans, sections, structural details and elevations both inside and outside the building. Topographical surveys were also required to provide accurate and detailed representation of the site layout, as well as utilities surveys to reveal the location of utility services underground.

Work originally started in 2020 but was almost immediately paused when the global pandemic hit and the first lockdown was announced. When we were eventually allowed to return to the site we had to follow very strict protocol to ensure the safety of our surveyors at what was a very busy and challenging time for the hospital. By reducing our team down to two surveyors we limited exposure to Covid risk, but this also meant the surveys took longer to complete than originally planned.

The measured building surveys required us to scan a number of functioning hospital units and departments, including theatres, accident and emergency, as well as the mortuary. Our experienced surveyors worked closely with the hospital staff to ensure their own safety as well as that of the patient, and to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum.

Our original utilities survey revealed a very large water pipe under the site, so we were asked to complete another underground survey and additional topographical surveys to ensure the proposed re-route of the pipe was achievable. At this time we also completed some additional measured building surveys of internal areas that had not been surveyed back in 2020 and were now part of the redevelopment.

Combining the original survey outputs with the most recent data within a Revit model has saved the architects a lot of time importing files and overlaying them to achieve a full picture. A Revit Model is a dimensionally accurate, 3D digital model of a building that can be used to design, document, visualise and deliver architecture, engineering and construction projects. This highly detailed, high-spec deliverable also offers an opportunity for an enhanced level of collaboration and communication between project contributors and allows the architects to visualise all the internal aspects of the building and zoom in for granular detail.

Working around a busy hospital at the time of the pandemic certainly proved a challenge, but the skill and experience of our surveyors ensured the surveys were completed successfully and without disruption to patients and staff.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to use Survey Solutions again. Their communication was excellent and they were refreshingly reliable, turning up to site exactly when they said they would. They have also been very good at responding to any questions we’ve had, even since the project has been completed, signed off and paid for. I’d highly recommend them.”
Michelle Hunt, RDA Architects


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