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Designers and Architects

Are you a designer/architect looking for utility searches?

As a designer or architect, utility searches are absolutely essential as constraints imposed by existing underground utilities can have major influences on the design and layout of developments.

With more and more architects taking the principal designer role (under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015), it is imperative that utility plans are sought to cover their obligations for Health and Safety.

Not all designers and architects are geared up to administrate the plans internally, so they call upon Cornerstone to take care of this.

Outsourcing can improve cost efficiencies, speed up the completion of utility reports, improve the quality of utility searches and free staff up to focus on higher value jobs. Are you ready to save both time and money on your next project?

How Cornerstone can help

  • Cornerstone supply a basic search that will cover the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive.
  • We can also supply a full cable search if required in city/urban areas.
  • Basic searches are generally returned within 1-5 working days and cable searches within 7-10 working days.
  • Completed searches are presented in a simple to read and accessible .pdf format.
  • No obligation quotes are available instantly on-line and confirmed back via email within 20 minutes.
  • We can also provide a CAD drawing service to enable the utilities to be added to other CAD reports and providing an overview of the site showing all the utilities present.
  • We can now also produce a PDF from the CAD drawing that enables you to see an overview in .pdf and turn different utility layers on and off.

What does a basic search cover?

  • Our basic search covers the main utilities, however, you can opt to remove services if you already have plans.
  • Cable and Independent Utilities options are available if required.
  • Our standard search covers up to 200m around a point.
  • We cover projects of any size.


Why use Cornerstone?

  • Speed is of the essence to ensure there are NO delays to your projects.
  • The way we process our searches, there will be no one quicker than us.
  • Some basic searches will be back within 1 working day, with a UK average of 3 working days.
  • We provide the fastest search possible and will not entice you with promises of more expensive, faster searches when they are simply NOT achievable.
  • We offer an additional “Instant Access plans” service where we will share individual plans as they come in.
  • With a cable search (that tends to take longer), for a small fee of £5+VAT, you can order an ‘interim pack’ containing the main utilities once they have been received.
  • For high volume users, we even offer a GIS mapping library for managing and posting searches to improve access for your employees when in the field.

Easy to use

The key to our success is the speed and efficiency of reporting and making sure that the right information is given to the right person in the correct format.

  • Our online ordering system allows quotes and orders to be processed within minutes
  • The system is secure and has fail-safe checks to ensure the right search location is covered.


We understand that keeping costs to a minimum is extremely important.

  • Our fees start at £58.00+VAT plus disbursements.
  • All disbursements are charged at cost (we are transparent in our pricing and only make our margin from our fees).
  • We do also offer volume discounts.
  • For statutory undertakers (or those working on their behalf), we may be able to request plans for free with the appropriate letters of authority.
  • Comparing the cost of outsourcing to us vs. the resource required in-house may surprise you!


Utility Plans for Designers & Architects

Are you a designer or architect grappling with the complexities of utility searches and the challenges of managing utility plans internally?

Utility searches are an indispensable aspect of any construction project, as they provide crucial information about the location of underground utilities, such as electricity cables, gas pipes, water mains, and sewers. This information is essential for ensuring the safety and efficiency of construction activities, preventing costly damage to utilities, and complying with health and safety regulations.

As the principal designer role increasingly falls under the purview of architects, the onus for obtaining and managing utility plans has become more prominent. However, not all design and architecture firms possess the resources or expertise to effectively handle this task internally.

This is where Cornerstone Projects steps in, offering a comprehensive utility search and management service tailored to the needs of designers and architects.

Cornerstone Projects alleviates the burden of utility searches and management, allowing you to focus on the core aspects of your design and architecture work. Our team of experienced professionals takes care of every aspect of the process, from initial inquiries to obtaining utility plans, conducting thorough searches, and delivering detailed reports.

By outsourcing utility searches and management to Cornerstone Projects, you can reap a multitude of benefits:

  • Enhanced Cost Efficiency: Our streamlined processes and economies of scale translate into cost savings for your firm.
  • Accelerated Report Completion: We prioritise promptness and efficiency, ensuring timely delivery of utility reports to keep your projects on track.
  • Impeccable Search Quality: Our rigorous protocols and expertise guarantee accurate and reliable utility search results.
  • Empowered Staff Allocation: Outsourcing frees up your valuable staff to concentrate on higher-value tasks, maximising productivity.

Are you ready to streamline your operations, save time and money, and achieve seamless utility search management? Register today for a free quote.