Aerial Survey of Worsley New Hall

Centre for Applied Archaeology

Built in Salford between 1840 and 1845, Worsley New Hall was a Gothic style mansion designed by the architect Edward Blore. It comprised a three story main block with separate wings for family and servants, as well as an impressive turreted tower. Recognised as an outstanding example of Elizabethan style architecture, it was visited by monarchs including Queen Victoria and Edward VII, but it also found its way into the history books by serving as a hospital during the First World War and as temporary quarters for evacuees from Dunkirk during the Second World War. However, in 1943, it suffered severe fire damage and was demolished just six years later. Continue reading “Aerial Survey of Worsley New Hall”

Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

I & H Brown

In September 2011, I & H Brown’s Civil Engineering Division was commissioned to undertake a series of infrastructure works for the Copley Valley Regeneration Scheme at Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire. This design and build project comprised improvements to nearby roads (including widening and traffic signals), the construction of a new bridge over both the River Calder and the Hebble navigational canal, and the construction of an additional, double span bridge over the Calder. The total works package also included many other elements but it was with respect to the double span bridge that SUAVE was brought in to carry out a photographic survey. Continue reading “Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire”

Monmouth Beach Survey, Lyme Regis

Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team

In March 2012, SUAVE submitted a successful tender for a project that would entail producing an extensive photographic record of Monmouth Beach near Lyme Regis, which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. In particular, the World Heritage Team required a very high resolution baseline aerial survey of the wave-cut platforms along the beach, which have been the subject of several significant failures in recent years. The survey was required to document any changes and, by capturing photographs of a sufficient resolution, to enable geologists to carry out a detailed analysis of cracks and faults that might otherwise be difficult to discern. Continue reading “Monmouth Beach Survey, Lyme Regis”

Structural Survey: Etihad Stadium

ARUP for Manchester City Football Club

Elsewhere, in Manchester, we were commissioned by the consulting engineers Arup to undertake a survey of the roof of Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium. The roof is supported by twelve masts, which are connected to the structure and to the ground by a system of cables and rigid metal rods. As part of the roof’s ongoing maintenance, it is important that all these components are inspected on a regular basis and so the client asked us to undertake some photographic inspection work as a trial exercise to determine whether UAV photography may be suitable for this purpose. Continue reading “Structural Survey: Etihad Stadium”