Fully integrated survey at HMS Ganges.

A team from our Ipswich office were delighted to be asked by the developer to survey the entire HMS Ganges site as part of its initial investigative planning and development works.

Situated on the Shotley Peninsula on the southern end of the Suffolk coast is the now derelict Royal Navy training establishment, HMS Ganges. The site which extends across 60 acres is now subject to development plans. Surveying it involved several interesting challenges, including avoiding potentially unstable underground bunkers and ensuring our work did not disturb or harm a protected species of bat.


The surveying works included conducting measured building surveys on three historic buildings – including the site’s old swimming pool, and two listed buildings – Vincent House and Nelson House. It is proposed that these buildings will be redeveloped. Nelson House, the former drill hall, will be restored and redeveloped to create a public library and large café space. The developers therefore wanted to understand the floor plans, sections, structural details and elevations of each building. As well as 2D plans we also provided Revit models to allow everyone working on a building project to collaborate within shared models and import, export and link data.

“Survey Solutions have worked diligently to acquire the information needed for us to commence with detailed design. Their drawings are detailed, clear and easy to navigate.”  Edward Bate, Technical Manager, Wavensmere Homes

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