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New Groundwise service from MDA SearchFlow will simplify utility searches during conveyancing

Comprehensive search report will speed up the conveyancing process by providing a comprehensive single view of all utility services at the property or site

MDA SearchFlow (, the UK's largest property search information provider, has today launched Groundwise, a new search service that has been specially designed to make utility searches both quicker and easier. With up to 150 separate service providers included, this new report from MDA SearchFlow will offer the most comprehensive single view of utility services available on the market.

This new search service has been designed to find and collate all of the most important utility and services information for use in conveyancing. By tapping into the extensive Groundwise database, MDA SearchFlow can identify the utilities and services providers that are on, under, above and around the property in question in order to obtain exact details of where their equipment is located.

"By ordering our new Groundwise report, law firms and conveyancers can obtain clear, fast results that show only the utilities that are relevant to tailored to the specific site in question," says David Kempster, Marketing Director, MDA SearchFlow. "As such, conveyancers will benefit from major time savings, as they will no longer need to interpret multiple utility provider reports."

Gas, telecoms, service tunnels and fibre networks – as well as vital information on connections and supplies that could prove dangerous during future ground work – are all highlighted. As a result, the report is very useful for clients seeking to satisfy the CDM 2007 health and safety guidelines, and also offers strong due diligence benefits for lawyers, especially for commercial property and development sites.

The new Groundwise search report also provides high-quality due diligence information, thereby alerting conveyancers and their clients to any issues that could push back completion dates and increase project costs. As such, the report can also be used to build a detailed picture of how problematic a site redevelopment or construction could be, as well as important details regarding who is involved in providing services to the building.

The new Groundwise search is built into MDA SearchFlow’s powerful Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping tools. As part of the search ordering process, conveyancers simply outline and submit their site maps online. On completion, reports are either mailed or available on a CD, on request. SearchFlow clients simply need to log in to their SearchFlow account to order a Groundwise utility search, located in an enhanced “Utilities” search order selection.

"It is staggering just how many hundreds of thousands of miles of cabling, pipes and services are now under homes, commercial buildings, and development sites," Kempster continues. "The expansion of these networks in recent years makes it even more critical for property lawyers to understand what communications, power and energy connections support the property or site, as well as the potential risks that could affect redevelopment or create access issues."


About MDA SearchFlow

Built on entrepreneurial vision 25 years ago, MDA SearchFlow is the UK’s number one property search information provider. The Company provides a one-stop shop for sending and receiving property searches and Home Information Pack (HIP) content for legal professionals, estate agents, and HIP providers who conduct property and other financial transactions.

In April 2006, Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates (MDA) acquired the interests of SearchFlow and PSA and the merged company, MDA SearchFlow was created. It is run by the existing SearchFlow management team with over 50 years combined experience in the property industry. The web address is

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