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What is a topographical survey?

Widely known as a land survey, a topographical survey, is an accurate and scaled representation of the current state of your development land. Land surveys supply development projects with essential information, such as the positioning of nearby buildings, vegetation, drainage and waterways.

These surveys ensure that your contractors are administered with a depiction of the constitution and elevation of the ground’s surface providing a visual aid, helping to establish the layout and boundaries of the site. These documents can also determine inconsistencies between plans and the actual condition of your site. A topographical survey is vital for the development or modification of a piece of land.

Our specialist surveyors in Milton Keynes utilise the latest in Leica Total Stations, GNSS equipment and 3D laser scanners to execute our topographical surveys in accordance with best practice guidelines. Our high-grade technology enables Fosse Surveying to generate detailed and precise surveys, vastly diminishing the risk of human error. 

Once we have captured the data from your site, our specialist AutoCAD software will produce a number of 2D and 3D sketches annotated with measurements. These can be provided in DX, DWG and PDF formats. 
Every Milton Keynes project we carry out complies with the standards set by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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What are the benefits of a Topographical Survey in Milton Keynes?

A Topographical survey often helps to ensure the smooth management of a project. This is because it sheds light on potential problems and even hazards that may never have been taken into account during planning. This process helps prohibit the occurrence of expensive errors further into construction, saving you time and money. Having an appreciation of your building’s foundations helps with its development, safeguarding its stability and durability.


Establishing the boundary of your property provides tangible evidence should ownership ever be challenged. It also stands as a historical record of the site.


What information is included in a Milton Keynes Topographical Survey?

Because every single project we undertake is unique, the requirements are therefore subject to change. Our surveys can encompass the following information:

  • Gas, water and electricity chambers

  • Location and height of nearby buildings

  • Power and telephone lines

  • The development site boundary
  • Kerbs

  • Waterways and ponds

  • Drainage systems

  • The width, spread and location of nearby trees


What is the purpose of a Topographical survey?

A topographical survey provides your project with an accurate depiction of your site’s constitution. When boundary outlining, the whereabouts of neighbouring infrastructure, hazards and restrictions, that may prevent or delay completion, will be concluded.

How much does a Topographical survey cost?

The cost of a topographical survey is reliant upon the requirements and specifications of your project. It is dependent upon the level of detail necessary and the time taken to extract this information. For more on an exact quote, please please get in touch.

What is included in a Topographical survey?

When carrying out a topographical survey, the process involved typically includes:

  • Composing fundamental information collected onsite, incorporating the degree of detail necessary and depicting it in the most appropriate format for the client.

  • The initial planning stages include accurate time management and cost analysis estimates.

  • Obtaining the site data through employing specialist equipment.

  • Site data processing and the production of the final sketches via AutoCAD software.

  • Completing quality assurance checks.

  • Delivering the product to the client.

How do I obtain a Topographical survey in Peterborough?

Our specialist surveyors have in-depth knowledge and a wealth of experience in all facets of surveying. Whether you’re seeking more information on our services, or enquiring about a topographical survey, the team at Fosse Surveying are here to help. We understand that to complete a project efficiently, sticking within the time and budget allocations set is of importance. Our team will work with you to ensure that your project is completed to a high standard, within your given time frame and without going over budget. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by giving us a call on 0116 2325169 or emailing us at

Our Promise

  • Fosse Surveying’s surveys are tailor-made to encompass the requirements and specifications for each project, arming contractors with the most crucial information.

  • Employing first-rate specialist equipment, our surveys comply with RICS best-practice guidelines, supplying cost-efficient, professional results.

  • Our Milton Keynes surveys are delivered in the most appropriate format. 
  • Should you require additional information, our expert surveyors will always go the extra mile for your satisfaction.

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If you’re looking for a company that provides high quality surveying that offers an excellent all round customer experience, you’ve come to the right place.

Head office:
Old Vicarage, Market Place, Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2JB

Regional Office:
The Old Rectory, Main St, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8DG

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