Pioneered by David and Barbara Martin, this form of record is thorough and well illustrated and is designed to show the form and development of the building over time by creating reconstruction drawings of the various phases of addition and alteration that have occurred.
Such an approach can give a visual impression of how the building looked and has been altered but will also clearly illustrate the survival of early fabric. This can be particularly useful when assessing the impact of proposed alterations to the building.
With an interpretive survey, detailed descriptions are given of the origin and development of the building complimenting the reconstruction drawings and supplemented by photographic evidence where appropriate. The detailed nature of the report is a valuable tool in determining the significance of the building so essential to the planning process.