360 degree images captured using a SphereVision specialist recording system is helping support the multi million pound redevelopment of Exeter’s Guildhall Shopping Centre. Working alongside Chartered Land Surveyors M J Rees, Arithmetica captured a mixture of both 360 degree panoramic and handheld images, which were then linked with original survey drawings. The combination of traditional and high tech surveys will allow the end client to review and compare the condition of specific areas of the high profile development project, pre- and post-construction.
“Having agreed a project brief with our client, we then approached Arithmetica to discuss the integration of high definition imagery with more traditional survey plans,” commented Sarah Hurley of Bristol based M J Rees. “The inclusion of both 360 degree imagery and handheld stills, registered to the original plans, was seen as crucial to the brief in order to ensure quick and easy navigation of complex drawings, and allow for comparison of the site pre- and post-construction.”
M J Rees was commissioned to survey an area pinpointed for development within the Guildhall Shopping Centre. The area, part of the Grade 2 listed shopping arcade, included former offices and retail units as well as ornate facades and other architectural features, all at ground, first and second floor levels. Working alongside M J Rees, Arithmetica captured more than 100 360 degree panoramic images supplemented with more than 700 high resolution SLR static images. Using SphereVision Project Builder, they delivered an interactive dilapidation record of the site to M J Rees who, using the surveyed position of the camera systems, referenced the high definition imagery to the project drawings and produced a schedule of images for use alongside the plans.
The Guildhall Shopping centre is located in the heart of Exeter’s historic quarter. The £7 million revamp by owners Aviva Investors will see the reintroduction of shop fronts which were blanked out in the 1970s, the creation of terraced seating around the 12th century Saint Pancras Church, as well as additional retail and leisure space, improved walkways and toilets. The plans approved by Exeter City Council were described by Councillors as ‘beautiful architecture’ and ‘a great improvement’.