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Client requirements

The usage of petrol stations has changed remarkably over the last decade. Formerly only for refuelling, they are now multi-functional spaces, and have grown in size and complexity, incorporating mini supermarkets, coffee and fast food outlets. Plus with the rapid expansion of electric vehicles, petrol station forecourts need to evolve even further to accommodate more charging points.

Our client instructed us to carry out detailed Topographical & Underground Utility Surveys, to RICS and PAS128 standards, to aid the redesign and improvement work of eight Tesco petrol station forecourts for continued and better optimised use.

Our team worked across eight sites in the U.K., from the Midlands to the Scottish Highlands.


40Seven Solution

A combined Topographical & Underground Utility Survey was carried out of each station, which varied between 0.2ha and 0.3ha in area. Whilst the general format of each station was similar, there were subtle differences to each. Not all had car washes, for instance, and the number of pumps and parking spaces also varied. The size and location of the underground fuel tanks also varied from site to site.

Each station required one full day of survey to complete to capture the survey data required. Whilst each was a relatively small area, there was a lot of topographical detail to survey and a lot of underground utilities and features to detect. The additional challenge for our team, was that the stations had to be kept fully operational for customers to use, and this was managed by having an assistant on site who installed and moved barriers and cones around the sites to facilitate the safety of our staff, and the customers using the petrol station.

Martyn Utley
Business Development Manager
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The results

The surveys were planned and carried out efficiently for our client, and the surveying team on the project, by combining multiple sites per week, and with minimal impact upon site operations for Tesco.

The final drawings were delivered in 2D AutoCAD format, together with a site report and PDF versions for flexibility.

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