Who Are We?
As one of the largest surveying companies in the UK, Plowman Craven has spent more than 55 years providing a range of measurement and surveying services to the property, rail and infrastructure markets.
In March 2021, after 12 years of external control, we established an Employee Owned Trust (EOT), meaning the business is now 100% owned internally by the employees and directors.
Our independence enables us to adapt quickly and remain agile in order to safeguard the future growth and success trajectory of the business as we continue to deliver market leading measurement survey and consultancy services on an unrivalled scale.
With offices at Harpenden in Hertfordshire and Central London, we work in both the private and public sector, playing a key role on some of the most prestigious construction and redevelopment projects in the UK and overseas.
Innovation & Improvement
For more than half a century, we have been making use of the latest technology to set new standards in our industry, from deploying the first laser scanners in Europe to innovating in the use of drones for measurement.
Guidance & Consultation
We are a multi-disciplinary organisation and collaborate with clients at all stages of the project lifecycle to deliver the advice, services and solutions that enable their undertakings to be successful.
Reliability & Relationships
Our reputation is based on our honesty, integrity and the consistent delivery of quality service to long-standing clients like you, who have learned to trust our expertise and professionalism implicitly.
Our story began back in 1964, when two surveyors, Frank Plowman and Ron Craven, started their own business from a garage in Barnet. Today, we employ more than 150 people from no fewer than 30 countries, with offices in Harpenden and central London and an annual turnover of £15million.
What has not changed is Plowman Craven’s commitment to innovation and quality, and to providing you with services you can rely on. That’s why, half a century on, we are still setting the standard in measurement.
With more than half a century in business, the company is built on honesty, integrity and a reputation for quality, accuracy and reliability.
Our expert teams deliver a wide range of measurement survey and consultancy services and complete thousands of projects every year.
Since 2013 more than 30 surveyors have completed our graduate apprenticeship scheme and earned a full-time position in the company.
What makes us different?
Our knowledgeable and committed staff are the lifeblood of the company. We’re proud of them and their expertise. By investing heavily in our industry-leading training and development programmes, and providing excellent career-progression opportunities for our staff, we are ensuring that we can deliver on the wide range of projects we’re involved in.
With more than 150 people, hailing from no less than 30 countries, our diverse workforce carries with it a huge amount of experience and skill.
Long standing partnership and client advocacy is achieved through the delivery of great results and great relationships. We’re not just a survey company. We provide the data that helps inform and underpin our clients’ plans. We measure and scan. We survey and record. We model and monitor. We interpret and advise.
Combining our technical expertise with the latest equipment, we serve a broad client base that includes developers, architects, contractors, engineers, project managers, commercial agents, estate managers, investors and government bodies… to name but a few.
The sheer diversity of our clients and the markets in which they operate demands a continual investment in the very latest technology.
The basic measuring equipment that our founders relied on has now been replaced by drones, laser scanners and advanced Building Information Modelling (or BIM) software that can turn complex survey data into interactive 3D computer models, giving users a perfect visual representation of a structure, as well as providing useful data such as measurements, materials used and the location of hidden pipes and cables.
We’re committed to quality at every level of the business. We continually invest in technology, staff development and health and safety to ensure we achieve the highest standards of service.
Moreover, by providing training to our people and sharing knowledge with our clients and suppliers, we ensure that the very best standards exist right through our supply chain.
Our trusted partners and suppliers are as committed to delivering innovative solutions as we are, and take great pride in meeting the impeccable standards expected of them.
We have a number of long-established relationships across the UK and beyond, ensuring a seamless extension of our resource and allowing us to be bold in the projects we deliver.
We are fully committed to improving our environmental performance across all our activities and areas of business in order to minimise damage to our environment.
Our Community Work
We are firm believers in supporting the Community both at home and abroad and regularly donate to a number of charities and local projects. We endeavour not just to donate directly to organisations, but also support our people who give their time and skills for good causes and in a community spirit.