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Taking An In-Depth Look At Design And Surveying Within Church Spaces


Churches have been at the forefront of Western architectural innovation for thousands of years. Even the briefest of looks at the Notre Dame de Paris gives you a sense of the importance placed upon these spiritual structures by the organisations they serve. Whilst the uptake of Christianity may have waned in recent years, however, interest in preservation and restoration amongst their religious spaces (churches) has remained strong. Here at Munday + Cramer, we provide a range of architectural design and building surveying services, including those relating to churches. We wanted to look at the intricacies of architecture within this area […]

Churches can take many forms such as this modernistic example in Iceland.

Investigating the Further Education Capital Transformation Fund (FECTF)


The Further Education Capital Transformation Fund (FECTF) is a Government fund aimed at tackling poor estate condition within designated Further Education (FE) institutions and colleges. The FECTF has been set up as part of the Government’s £1.5 billion commitment to transforming FE institutions over the next half a decade. The aim of the fund is to significantly reduce the number of FE college estates deemed to be in an “unsatisfactory condition”. Full details of the FECTF from the UK Government can be found here, but for the sake of ease, the team here at Munday + Cramer, who offer extensive […]

A workshop where T-Levels take place is the sort of structure that might benefit from the Further Education Capital Transformation Fund (FECTF)

A Look At The More Complex (And Obscure) Surveying Technologies


It goes without saying that technology has come on leaps and bounds over the last few centuries. Were you to suddenly find yourself in the boots of an 18th century surveying professional, your main tool would’ve been a telescope, and a primitive one at that. Fast-forward to the present day, and the surveying world features more acronym-laden technologies than you can shake a stick at. The team here at Munday + Cramer, a chartered building surveying firm in Essex, wanted to look at some of the most advanced surveying technologies used today – one of which having even been used […]

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What Is Geospatial Surveying And When Is It Used?


Geospatial data refers to information specifically derived from or pertaining to certain geographic locations. Its use enables professionals – across a whole range of fields – to better contextualise and understand the data they’re collecting and analysing. In a surveying context, this spatial information can be used for a more holistic and well-rounded view of the surrounding built environment. But what does surveying using this kind of data look like in practical terms? And why has it become so popular in recent years? The team here at Munday + Cramer, one of Essex’s foremost building surveying firms, wanted to look […]

An image of a theodolite to represent geospatial surveying work.

How Architecture Can Help Children’s Creativity And Mental Health


This year, Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place between the 1st and 7th of February. The theme in 2021? Express Yourself. Children across the UK have had a pretty rough time as of late. The various lockdowns have prevented the normal kinds of social stimulation so vital for childhood and teenage development. That’s why – arguably more than ever before – we need to look for greater and more varied ways in which our younger generations can express themselves. The built environment has a big part to play in that; whether in our schools, our public spaces or anywhere […]

Two young children smiling to represent how architecture can help young people's mental health.

The Rise Of The Hybrid Workplace – What Might This Mean For Future Workplace Design?


At the time of writing, England is in the midst of its third national lockdown as a result of COVID-19. Talk to almost anyone now and they’ll resoundingly give you the impression of being distinctly “over it”. Whether you want to call it fatigue, ennui or anything else, many of us are hitting a sort of lockdown ‘wall’ that we’re finding hard to cope with, both professionally and personally. Something which invariably helps in these situations, however, is to hold onto the light at the end of the tunnel, the prospect of the ‘beyond’. But what does that beyond look […]

A home desk to represent the hybrid workplace and what it might mean for office design

What Might Brexit Mean For The Architectural, Building Surveying And Project Management Sectors?


Last month’s announcement of a trade deal following Brexit could (not unfairly) be described as leaving things to the very last minute. The architectural community was by-and-large against the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, with prominent industry voices having spoken out both prior to the 2016 referendum and since, on the damage they feared would be wrought as a result of the union departure. Vote to leave we did, however, and many industry bodies have therefore spent the past four years fervently preparing (or attempting to, at least) for what might lie in wait from here on in. […]

A Europea map to represent Brexit.

How Has Social Media Changed The World Of Architectural Design?


One of the biggest changes seen within the global cultural landscape over the past couple of decades has unquestionably been the advent (and subsequent proliferation) of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. What started out simply as one college student’s goal to enable students to connect more easily, has morphed into an all-encompassing digital behemoth, one in which today’s world increasingly seems to revolve around. There are few areas that haven’t been affected in some way or another by the reaches of these mega-companies. The world of architectural design is no exception. With that in mind, the team […]

An image of a neon sign 'like' button to represent social media and how it's changed architectural design.

Unpacking The Government’s Recent Energy White Paper


This month, the UK Government released its keenly-awaited Energy White Paper, inside of which are outlined the various ways in which the UK will strive to achieve its goal of a ‘Net-Zero’ future. The white paper covers a wide range of sectors, including Consumers, Power, Energy System, Industrial Energy and Oil and Gas. The chapter we’re most interested in here at Munday + Cramer, however, are the twenty-or-so pages contained within Chapter 4 – Buildings. We wanted to delve into what industries surrounding the built environment could expect to see, moving forward, from what’s been laid out in this white […]

Ho-Ho-Ho! Munday + Cramer’s Architectural Christmas Almanac!


This year, more than any other, has seen many of us looking forward desperately to the Christmas holidays; a brief respite from the continual flak fired at us throughout the year, in the form of a deadly virus. Here at Munday + Cramer, we’re no different, and in this blog post, we wanted to get holly, jolly and ready for the Christmas season with some festive architectural discussion. Trust us on this one… The Architecture Of The Christmas Tree For most people, when they see a Christmas tree they see a symbol of festive spirit and anticipation. For architects, however, […]

A Christmas bauble to represent our festive architectural almanac.