Aerial Photography

aerial photography, listed building survey

Aerial photography can have an important role to play when providing listed building surveys. The use of drones is very helpful and they are a specialisation in their own right. Obtaining decent imagery requires a skilled operator and sophisticated equipment. The use of drones also requires a good understanding of air law.  This is why, rather than having a go myself, I call upon the services of Paul Lindup of Airbourne-Imagery, with his many years of experience as a helicopter pilot plus his advanced drones and cameras. In the above case Paul provided some very useful photographs, in particular of the roof areas. Whilst I did climb over the roofs and walk the parapets, the aerial photographs helped by giving a clear view of the roof layout and chimney stacks. The combination of detailed site inspection and aerial photographs enabled a more accurate listed building survey and schedule of works.

Caveat Emptor

This is the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made; “caveat emptor still applies when you buy property”.

Buying property is likely to be one on the most expensive purchases you ever make. Can you tell if there has been a cover up? You need to know as much about the building before you buy it, so having a survey could save you thousands of pounds in costly repair bills.

Buying a listed building adds in another risk. Were the repairs and alterations carried out before or after the building was first “listed”? Was listed building consent obtained for extensive repairs and all alterations? If the work was completed without consent, this is a criminal offence which passes with the title. The non-compliant work may have to be reversed. Remediation costs may be very high and are in addition to the repair costs. What is the total financial risk?

Our specialist listed building surveys provide the answers.


South Wales


Penhow Castle, Newport, Monmouthshire, South Wales. A Grade II* listed building building dating from the 12th Century with alterations in the 14th Century, 15th Century and 17th Century. The property was extensively restored in the 1970’s but with some areas remaining unfinished.  Stuart provided a listed building survey and building conservation advice. The restoration was carried out before the lime revival and therefore used in appropriate modern materials. During the inspection it was evident that many of the current defects were caused by the use of these modern materials, instead of traditional lime materials which are now available again. Other defects were caused by poor design / workmanship and simple repairs were essential to reduce the risk of future structural failure.



The Bury, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire is a large 16th Century Grade II listed building which has been extended and altered over time. Formerly the main Manor House for a large estate, then used by the NHS after the war and later redeveloped into seven separate dwellings. Stuart carried out a listed building survey and project managed a two year programme of essential repairs, within a tight budget. The works included removing all the cement render, extensive repairs to the period timber frame, reinstating breathable lime render, roof repairs, renewal of rainwater goods and repairs to external joinery. Our services included: preparing the drawings and specifications, a heritage statement, obtaining consents, managing the work packages and arranging photogrammetry records.