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Setting Out Survey in Peckham Rye, London

We set-out foundations, grid lines and walls for a new-build, handcrafted housing project in Peckham Rye, London

Article By: Tom Ayre | Last Update: July 2022


Tikari Works


6 Months


Peckham Rye, London, UK


Tom Ayre & Scott Watts

Tikari Works

THS Concepts were commissioned by Tikari Works to precisely set out various elements of the complex construction works. Tikari works are a multidisciplined design studio describing themselves as makers, designers and architects. They work on small projects through to multi unit developments, winning multiple awards including:

  • The Architects Journal Awards 2021 – Winner-Architect of the Year
  • The Architects Journal Awards 2021 – The Rye Apartments – Winner-Best Housing under £10m
  • RIBA Award 2019 – Pocket House – London Award

The project required careful attention to detail when it came to laying out the build. A lot of the grid lines were not square (90 degrees) to each other, which meant doing this using conventional tapes and lasers a difficult task.

The Setting Out Process

Tikari works identified this issue and contracted THS Concepts to undertake setting out services which involved:

  • Establishing a local control network surrounding the site.
  • Setting out items such as wall lines, grid lines and foundations.

The first stage of the project was to establish the local control network around the site. This would form the principle of the control network which we would reference back to when setting up our survey instruments.

The survey control network was established using Leica total stations and RTK GPS equipment. The control network was formed using survey nails and reflective targets placed on fixed items around the site. This included:

  • Lamp posts
  • Other buildings
  • BT service boxes

Once we had established our control network, we undertook a number of checks and aligned our network to the client’s setting out drawings. We could now begin the setting out process!

To set out the various elements of the work, we utilised a Leica 1 second total station. Leica is the leading brand for surveying projects, renown for their accuracy and reliability. When setting out grid lines, walls and foundations, we utilised survey flags, driven nails, reflective  targets and pen marks to illustrate to the site team where to build things!

The Project Now

The Rye Apartments projects have now been finished. The project setting out went very well. This was helped enormously by the quality of the drawings and communications with Tikari Works, who knew and understood the exact information and details we required.

The apartments have been built to an excellent standard, this has been reflected in the various awards Tikari works have won. THS Concepts are very proud to have been part of this project and look forward to working with Tikari Works on future projects!

Project Photographs

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