Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire

English Heritage

Situated in the scenic fields of Wensleydale, Middleham Castle was built in stages, beginning in 1190 – a year after Richard I took the English throne. It was the childhood home of Richard III and, briefly, a prison for King Edward IV. Today, though a ruin, it is still highly impressive and it remains a very popular tourist attraction. The castle – essentially a fortified palace – comprises the original 12th century Norman keep, a 13th century curtain wall, and a series of residential buildings added in the 15th century. Continue reading “Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire”

Aerial Survey of Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire

ArcHeritage

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge located by a small lake in Worksop. It has long been recognised as a site of archaeological importance but the recent carbon dating of a disarticulated reindeer bone has provided fascinating evidence that human occupation began more than 40,000 years ago and that the gorge might once have been home to Neanderthal hunters. Continue reading “Aerial Survey of Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire”

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”