Condition Surveys and Reports
We provide a comprehensive service in assessing the condition of buildings or structures. We have specialist knowledge of heritage building construction and materials, including building surveyors and architects with recognised overseas conservation qualifications who are able to undertake detailed analysis of defects, diagnose problems and provide recommendations for remedial solutions.
We are able to provide a wide variety of reports for different purposes including, photographic recording, conservation records, illustrated maintenance plans and databases. We pride ourselves on producing high quality documentation and employ current technologies such as tools for clear communication.
3D Laser Scanning and Point Cloud Survey
We understand the process of capturing 3D surveys and how to interpret these to create 3D models in house.
Drone (UAV) Inspections and Surveys
Salmond Reed Architects has UAV capabilities for high level material and roof inspections. Many repair and maintenance issues with buildings old and new, start at the hard-to-reach areas.
Drone surveys are extremely effective and fast tool for inspections of roofs, spouting, roof lights and other high-level materials. These inspections can contribute towards in-depth condition reports and monitoring, repair recommendations, pre-condition surveys, high resolution site plans. The benefits of using UAV inspections include: - Operator with expertise in heritage buildings - Improved safety due to less work at heights - Lower access costs - Higher productivity - Ability to take high resolution photos/video - We are able to undertake high level inspections following the UAV inspections, if required, as we have a number of surveyors with height safety training and our own harnesses.
Conservation Plans and Heritage Assessments
These detailed documents are often written when significant change is contemplated to scheduled and listed buildings, to provide an in depth understanding of heritage significance of the building and its component parts, identify constraints and provide policies to guide future work—we have prepared more than 200 of these. Individual heritage assessments have been prepared for a wide range of civic, industrial, commercial, ecclesiastical, educational and residential buildings. These normally form part of the resource consent application for alteration or modification.
These studies identify key development 'themes' for areas to highlight gaps in District Plan lists or Government organisations’ portfolios and suggest additional heritage items to better protect and manage historic heritage.
Specification and Schedules of work
With our expertise in the understanding of heritage buildings and the retrieval of condition information we are able to provide detailed specifications and illustrated schedules of repair and conservation for the procurement of competitive tenders, from both main contractors and specialist sub-contractors.
Project Management and Contract Administration
Our staff are experienced in the procurement and administration of complex conservation and repair projects. We can also provide advice and guidance on applications to grant aid for repair and restoration projects.
Heritage Construction Management Plans
It is becoming a regular condition of resource consents, for heritage buildings to have a Heritage Construction Management Plan (HCMP) in place before works start on site. Salmond Reed are experienced in producing reports of these kind, along with photographic logs and monitoring work on site to ensure important heritage fabric is protected. We have a well-established relationship with the heritage authorities and understand best practice and what is required from these reports.