Topographical Survey

Our topographical surveys will show all features on your development such as buildings, boundaries, service covers and site levels. We normally present our designs digitally in CAD format.

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Topographical surveys are often called “topo surveys”, detail surveys, terrain surveys or contour surveys. These terms all refer to laser-measured surveys that gather data about natural and man-made features of your site, such as the topography and elevation of your land. Topographical surveys will also precisely locate all salient features such as buildings, boundaries, walkways, service covers, trees, and site levels. We normally present this data digitally, in CAD format. (That’s the jargon out of the way!)

Arbtech undertake topographical surveys on a wide range of sites, all over the UK–residential, commercial and industrial developments being the mainstay of our work. Of those, we work predominantly on urban, green- and brown-field sites, as well as mines, quarries and everything in between (even wilderness and nature reserves). The topo survey work that we provide for clients generally is to facilitate design-stage work, because designers (such as architects) require CAD format data visualisations and laser-accurate measurements of subject site/area for development.

We can carry out topographical surveys over any accessible area and we can provide them at any scale or level of detail. Topographical surveys commonly need to be tailored to your project’s specific needs or to your design team’s individual specifications — so just let us know, because it’s likely we’ve been there and done that.

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Undertaking a topographical survey at a site in London

Benefits of Early-Stage Topographical Surveys

Investing in development is complex. Quick, accurate topographical surveys can help to reduce your risk significantly because of these important factors:

  • Reducing costly mistakes that can arise from unseen issues.
  • Giving a “full picture” of land, including off-site and near-site features that have the potential to constraint the development or present engineering difficulties, enabling more robust design work and affording some visibility of the most suitable construction methods.
  • Saving you time and money by providing the design team and any consultants with information about constraints (such as trees) and levels at an early stage.

How Much Does a Topographical Survey Cost?

The prices can vary quite a bit depending on the size of the site and the complexity of the project. We will be able to give you an accurate quote within 24 hours if you get in touch with us today. Generally, in mainland UK, our prices for small sites start from £450+VAT.

How Quickly?

We can normally quote to you same day, and typically (unless your job is extremely large or complex) mobilise to site within a few days. Once the site work is done, the processing and QC of your drawings back at the office can take 1-2 days. So, around a week in total. For a premium, we can offer weekend surveys and get things out a bit quicker if you’re really pushed for time.

Where Do We Cover?

Arbtech has office locations in Chester, Birmingham and London, enabling our team to cost effectively cover most of mainland UK. In fact, we’ve worked in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Isle of White, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and even Italy. Tell us the details of your project and we’ll let you know how much it will cost and when we can get started.

Starting Your Topographical Survey

Starting your Topographic survey is really simple. Just give our team a call on the number above or ask us for a free quote via our website. We’ll take some details off you and put a simple, no-nonsense and no-obligation quote together for you. If you are happy with it, simply complete and return our 1-page survey booking form. Then, we’ll allocate you a project manager and get cracking!

What Makes Us Different?

Arbtech have been providing no-nonsense, fast, efficient and affordable surveys to a wide range of clients for over 14 years. Our experience is unmatched and our unique business model is set up to allow the majority of our surveyors (all full-time, direct employees) to be based at home. This means that we reduce our overheads, and passing these savings on to you, we are more competitive at what we do.

We also work very hard to attract the best people in the business, which means that you get a top quality service from friendly experts who love what they do.

What Do Our Clients Say?

We have hundreds of genuine 5 star reviews. Here is just 1 recent example:

Topographic survey

Arbtech have been very efficient and professional throughout the whole process, responding promptly to all correspondence and turning documents around quickly. Their advice has always been practical and realistic and we feel we have been guided through this process well. Survey visits have been wholly unobtrusive – thank you!

Date:November 5, 2018


5 stars

Tanya Richards

Arbtech Team How it Works

Your quote from Arbtech

  • Provide us with your contact details and tell us about your project.
  • Our client team will send you a quote via email. This is normally sent within 24 hours. You can ask us any questions you have.
  • Review your quote and book it in by sending us a survey booking form which is included with your quote.


We do thousands of surveys every year and have lots of great feedback from clients all over the UK.

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