Drone Surveys & Inspection Preston

Drone Surveys Preston

Here at Drone Site Surveys, we enable the construction industry to work smarter by using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/Drones) to inspect, measure and map areas without the need for time-consuming and expensive equipment hire. By having a drone survey across Preston, you negate the need for scaffolding, cherry pickers or other ways of viewing your building or construction site at height.

As a CAA-approved drone company and a Construction Line Gold accredited business, we have undertaken 1000s of drone surveys across the Preston and Lancashire region

Using the most modern drone equipment we can provide images and video of your structures at incredible heights. All of our media is in super high resolution with images and video available up to 4K. We can then back these images with a report for you and your team to understand issues that require further invasive inspection.

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Preston is a large city on the River Ribble and the administrative centre of the county of Lancashire in the North of England. Located off the M6 motorway approximately 30 miles northeast of Liverpool and 20 miles south of Lancaster, the City of Preston district has a population of 132,000.

Westinghouse Springfields Nuclear Production Facility to the North West of Preston centre in Salwick has an FRZ (Flight Restriction Zone) which extends below the River Ribble in the south to the M55 in the north. To the southwest of this lies the Flight Restriction Zone of Warton Aerodrome,  located on the Fylde with Runway Extension Zones running parallel with the Ribble from Lytham at the mouth to Lea at the northeast extension.

Ultralight flights around Higher Barn Farm in Hoghton create an area of higher risk in this airspace, while more local considerations such as HMP Preston, parks, transport networks and congested areas due to the popularity of the city’s university as a student destination are all factors which must be taken into account when undertaking flight planning.

While drone flights require greater planning and authorisation in and around restricted zones, this does not mean that we are unable to fly in these areas. Our trained pilots, alongside our experienced administrative team, will work together to gain the permissions to carry out work in the trickiest of locations!

Drone Inspections Preston

If you don’t require a report you may just wish to inspect your site in Preston. Our pilots can work with you or your surveyors to inspect the whole building or focus on sections most important to you. With our technology we have systems such as live streaming allowing viewing by wearing a virtual reality headset. Allowing you to attend the site and direct our pilots to inspect areas you wish. The remote streaming allows you and your team to watch the drone inspection take place. Having direct communication with the pilot you can again point us in the right direction or get a closer more detailed look at your assets.

With our drone inspections, we deliver all footage in high quality with resolutions up to 4K available. Inspecting your assets from the air using drones provides a cheaper, faster and more reliable way of inspection without the need for scaffolding, cherry pickers or other expensive equipment. Not only that, from site visit to the delivery of images can be done within a 48 hour turnaround. Our drone inspections are delivered via a secure, password secure URL for you to share with your team, suppliers or contractors that may be carrying out repairs.

Contact Drone Site Surveys today to book your drone inspection or survey anywhere across the Preston region. Our team will take a few details from you and provide a tailored quote.

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Drone Mapping Preston

Along with our surveys and inspection, we can provide in-depth mapping for your site. Using high-quality images, high-precision GPS and photogrammetry, we can map your site so that you don’t need to visit. 

This highly detailed map can help solve clarity issues along with being able to see contour lines, and accurate borders (accurate to 1cm). These can then be overlaid on to images to allow you to build up the ultimate picture of your construction site. You can even combine our drone mapping with construction site progress and time-lapse video to provide you with an ultimate overview of your construction progress from start to finish. 

Surveyor Support Services

As well as providing detailed reports, drone mapping, inspections and surveys we are available to be an all-round surveyor support service. Our team understand your role as a surveyor and how to make your job on-site easier. 

Come and speak to us about our surveyor support services as we don’t just offer drone inspections. We can provide internal and external scanning, 3D models and other services to help you measure, inspect and report on some of your assets without ever visiting a site. Let Drone Site Surveys take the labour away from yourself saving you time and money on your projects. 

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Preston City Council Policies on Drone Usage

The contact form to request a drone flight is here


What are the rules for flying drones in the UK?

If you are flying your Drone for personal use you must ensure you follow the below rules.

  • Your drone must weigh under 20kg
  • You can’t fly above 400 feet in altitude or 500 metres from you horizontally
  • Ensure your drone is always in visual line of sight
  • Always keep away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields ( at least 1 Kilometre)
  • Use your common sense and fly your aircraft safely

If your Drone is fitted with a camera there are additional regulations you must follow.

  • You must not fly within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or vessels
  • Your drone must not be flown within 150 metres of a congested area or any large group of people such as a concert or sporting event as you may be prosecuted.
  • If you intend to record in an area where people are, you must inform them before you start. To get guidance on permissions for drones, see the CAA’s website for the latest information and regulations regarding drone use.

If you intend to use the drone for commercial purposes you must have permission from CAA and comply with additional laws governing their use.


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