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Surveys

For every property you need a City Centre Survey Form. The notes below should help you out. If you use a smart phone, eg iPhone, Blackberry etc these pages can be accessed whilst you are looking at the building itself.

A volunteer surveys a building in the Park Area

Please print the survey form out from the above link and complete by hand. Then either return by post (postage can be reclaimed on receipt of an expense form and receipts) or upload digitally on this page. Fill in the digital survey here once you have completed your survey.

Before you start your survey you can find out information on the building from the following sources. You can also find this out after you have completed the survey.

You will need to enter the 1) date of the survey and 2) your name.

3) Name and/ or number of Building

This should be written on the building itself. If it is not obvious, write the shop name or the last known shop name here.

Is it listed?

To establish if the building is listed and the grade use Peterborough Hawkeye. Clicking here should open a separate window.

To use Hawkeye simply zoom to the location required, if you do not know the address, or enter the address in the search box (top right, between ‘layers’ and ‘nearest’).

Once you have a location in the central box you can either see it as a Street View, Ordnance Survey map, or an aerial view. This would be good to have as a print out to allow you to find the property on the ground.

To find out if the building is listed click on ‘Built Environment’ on the right hand side, and check the box for ‘ListedBuildings’ and ‘Conservation Areas’.

Then click ‘Display on Map’. This will show you if the property is in the city centre conservation area or not, and if it is red and you hover the cursor over it it will show you the name and listing grade. If the building is not listed it is still of interest in the city centre, it does not matter for this survey whether you survey a listed building or not!

Listed buildings make up about 2% of all buildings in England. There are three grades of listing:

Grade I – a building of exceptional interest, only about 2.5% of all listed buildings are Grade I

Grade II* – very important and of more than special interest, 5.5% of listed buildings are of this grade

Grade II – buildings of special interest – these make up around 92% of listed buildings

There are also some ‘Local List’ Buildings in the Peterborough area. This complete list can be found here. (PDF)

Period of Building

Most of the buildings in Peterborough City Centre date from the Georgian Period or later, with a few timber frame buildings and noticeably the Cathedral Precincts, being older. If you know the date or rough period of this building enter it here.

4) Is the property occupied?

Answer either YES on all floors, NO if it is unoccupied, UNKNOWN if you cannot tell EMPTY UPSTAIRS if it seems to be unused on the upper floors. Tick FOR SALE if there is a sale board.

Current Use

Is it a shop, cafe, estate agents? Please fill in the main use and function of the building here.

Evidence of previous use?

Is there any evidence it was used as something else? For example the Drapers Arms was once a Drapers shop. If you do not know leave this answer blank.

5) Windows

Do they look sound? Are they boarded? There may be unpainted frames and signs of decaying or rotting woodwork, or signs of cracking.

6) Roof Condition

Are there missing slates or tiles? Is the roof line straight or bowing? Note this in the other section if this is the case.

7) What kind of condition are the walls visible from the public footpath in?

There may be evidence of damage through missing stonework/ bricks, missing mortar, inappropriate repairs, cracks of all sizes, damp, staining or vandalism

8 ) Guttering and downpipes

Do they seem blocked, is there evidence for water running down the sides of buildings, such as patches of green or plaster damage? Is there evidence of plant growth in the tops of gutters.

9) General Condition?

Pick one of the following:

  • very bad (structural failure or signs of structural instability)
  • poor (building with deteriorating masonry, leaking roofs, usually accompanied by general deterioration of most elements of the building fabric)
  • fair (structurally sound but in need of minor repairs or showing signs of lack of general maintenance
  • good condition (structurally sound and weather-tight

10) Any other comments

Add anything else of interest here

each property a digital photo will also be required. For each building take a picture of the front elevation (the section of the building facing the street) and any details you feel are of particular interest. About 4 pictures per building at a maximum should be about right. If you require a digital camera let Alice know and once can be borrowed.

Fill in the survey here once you have completed your survey. Or the original can be posted to Alice Kershaw, Opportunity Peterborough, Stuart House East, Peterborough PE1 5DD. Or it can be handed in at an event. Make sure you record the time you spend doing the survey, so we can credit the great work you are putting in!

Photos can be sent via email to alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk or put on a CD and posted.

Further information:

BBC page on how to photograph buildings
Architectural Photo Tips
Blog on Photographing Historic Buildings
Photostuff article on Photographing Historic Buidlings

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