Floor flatness survey for high-profile retail store in London landmark Battersea Power Station

Iain Tubby of CADS
Survey Case Study by Iain Tubby Survey Services Manager 06/06/2024

The CADS Survey team delivered measured survey drawings and floor flatness analysis for a leading technology retailer’s new store in the redeveloped retail and leisure venue Battersea Power Station in London.

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Floor flatness survey for high-profile retail store in London landmark Battersea Power Station

Commissioned for a project at Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station situated on the south bank of the River Thames in London, recently regenerated to give the famous building a second life.

After producing a fifth of London’s power at its peak, it was closed in 1983. An iconic structure overlooking the Thames, the Art Deco Grade II* listed building was redeveloped into a retail and leisure complex which opened in October 2022.

 

The CADS Survey team were commissioned by a specialist interior fit-out company – which partners with leading brands across the UK – to provide surveying services for a world-leading technology company’s retail store.

Floor flatness survey for high-profile retail store in London landmark Battersea Power Station

Establishing the scope of services

Working with the specialist interior fit-out company, we established the scope of the services required to ensure we met the client’s needs.

We delivered a measured survey of the interior of a new store for the technology company, including the as-installed glazed shopfront. Following this, we delivered a floor flatness analysis.

Conducting a measured survey of the retail store

Prior to store fit-out, we carried out a measured survey of the single storey shop which covered 960.88m2

We delivered a colourised laser scan of the shop unit, which included the following elements:

· Building structure – walls, doors, windows, columns and piers, beams, structural slabs, stairs, riser cupboards etc

· Fixed furniture and equipment

· Building services – ductwork and pipework mains services, electrical panels, alarm panels, fire detection equipment, manhole covers, rainwater and soil vent pipes

Floor flatness survey for high-profile retail store in London landmark Battersea Power Station

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Floor flatness survey for high-profile retail store in London landmark Battersea Power Station

Providing a range of deliverables

Following our site visit, we processed the captured scan data and produced a range of deliverables.

As well as a colourised Point Cloud data file, we produced floor plans, sections, and a 3D Revit® model.

This detailed model of the store can be reviewed and edited by the client, providing valuable insight into the structure to inform the design and fit-out process.

Carrying out floor flatness analysis

As an additional service alongside our measured survey, we delivered floor flatness analysis for our client.

Floor flatness analysis involves determining whether the existing floor meets the required flatness specifications for the intended use of the building or facility.

We scanned the floor slab, ceiling slab and castellated beams to establish any deviations, as well as accurately capturing the low points of the ceiling slab and beams for the services design.

We delivered this as a 2D CAD drawing, providing floor levels across a one metre grid relative to an existing site datum.

Ceiling slabs and beams were also recorded on a reflected ceiling plan to show the highest and lowest points.

Floor flatness survey for high-profile retail store in London landmark Battersea Power Station
Everything you need to know about floor flatness surveys

The importance of floor flatness analysis

Floor flatness and smoothness analysis helps project teams, contractors, architects, building owners and developers identify and rectify any flooring abnormalities.

Interior fit out companies see a number of benefits from a floor flatness survey, including the optimal installation of flooring materials, accurate planning and design – which prevents cost overruns and project delays – and maintaining aesthetic quality to enhance client satisfaction.

It’s also essential for ensuring operational efficiency. For example, within a retail environment, uneven floors would cause issues during the installation of shelving and display equipment.

It also helps with complying with standards and achieving the desired quality in construction. Uneven floors can be a trip hazard for workers and customers, so analysing floor flatness helps to keep the site safe.

By addressing floor flatness, stakeholders can prevent future problems, reduce maintenance costs and ensure that the facility is suitable for its intended use.

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Our CADS Survey team are experts in delivering a wide range of surveying services, including laser scan surveys, drone surveys, Matterport surveys and more.

We have 40 years’ experience working with a variety of different clients, including architects, project teams, building contractors, landlords and property professionals across the UK and Europe.

If you need reliable and accurate data for your next project, get in touch and speak to a member of our team today to find out more.

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