Company history

National Map Centre provides a fast and efficient large scale mapping service, including site centred planning application maps for planning applications; and mapping data for use in CAD systems. Our mapping and data centre is based in Hertfordshire and provides mapping for all areas of the UK.




Robert J. Cook

History of planning application maps

In 1860 engraver Robert J Cook and W Hammond formed the partnership RJ Cook and Hammond; specialising in printing plans required for Parliamentary Bills relating to the building of railways, based in Whitehall. C F Kell & Son was acquired in 1896, responsible “for lithographing plans of estates not only for auctioneers but for land agents and owners”. In 1923 the partnership became Cook Hammond & Kell Ltd. The company remained in London, latterly in Caxton Street until the store finally closed its doors in September 2011.

Oxford Cartographers create bespoke branded mapping. They were set up when Oxford University Press closed its cartographic department in 1981. CHK America was formed in May 2000 and operates out of Santa Barbara. National Map Centre Hertfordshire office opened in April 2003, the Kent office opened in May 2006, and closed in March 2019.