Network of mapping and data centres launched by Ordnance Survey

Network of mapping and data centres launched by Ordnance Survey


UK, 9 February 2007 – Businesses across Britain have improved access to the most detailed mapping data available from today with the launch of a network of Mapping and Data Centres by national mapping agency Ordnance Survey.

Land and property sector businesses will be able to license OS Sitemap, a new large-scale mapping product derived from Ordnance Survey’s National Geographic Database. OS Sitemap offers architects, planners, engineers and estate managers the most up-to-date information and data available, with accurate and site-centred mapping essential for project planning, development and management. The detail offered is ideal for planning applications and environmental-impact analysis.

On this occasion Ordnance Survey’s Director General and Chief Executive, Vanessa Lawrence, said: “These outlets are centres of excellence for all Ordnance Survey products and are exclusive stockists of OS Sitemap. Mapping and Data Centres are strategically located around the country, each technologically linked to Ordnance Survey’s database so they can supply customers with the very latest mapping on demand.”

Brian Dixon, Ordnance Survey’s E-channel Sales Manager, says, “The launch of our Mapping and Data Centres is the latest evolution of our specialist network of retail partners, primarily serving the land and property professional but also used by customers who may typically need a location map to accompany their planning application for property extension. Previously known as ‘Ordnance Survey Options’, the network has knowledgeable, experienced staff who deal with precise requirements for a full range of flexible map and data choices.”

OS Sitemap replaces large-scale mapping products Superplan and Siteplan, which have been used by the sector for a number of years. The added themes, format choice and improved cartographic presentation of the new product make it ideal to meet the challenges faced by architects, construction companies, farmers and estate agents.

To coincide with the launch of OS Sitemap, Ordnance Survey is offering greater choice of licence terms for the product. Together with the current internal business use one-year licence, a new multi-year Plan, Design and Build licence that permits data sharing within a project as well as archive rights has been introduced.

In addition to OS Sitemap, the Mapping and Data Centres will offer OS Landplan at 1:10,000 scale, OS Select customised maps based on the famous OS Explorer Map and OS Landranger Map series and centred on the customer’s chosen location, historical, administrative boundary mapping and aerial photography.

The channel will also offer a desktop mapping service for customers preferring to choose and organise maps and data at their own premises, with real-time access to the Ordnance Survey database. Data can be exported into a wide range of packages, including CAD systems.

Further details of all the Mapping and Data Centres are available online at