The quest for gaining more space on congested sites has resulted in literally ‘pushing the boundaries’ of the Party Wall legislation and we have been at the forefront of many creative solutions.
Commonly, the demand for increased living space has resulted in the conversion of existing lofts and cellars and the building of new extensions. Also, planning restrictions on how buildings can be extended has resulted in a trend of deeper and larger basement constructions beneath the house footprints and under gardens.
In residential settings, these types of works will inevitably involve construction operations on, or close to, the boundary between two properties, usually affecting multiple adjoining owners requiring a thorough and sensitive approach.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 enables a building owner to maximize the width on any basement, loft space and existing open spaces with creative structural solutions, whilst providing the necessary protection to adjoining owners. Navigating these solutions through the party wall legislation is an art in itself – one that we have crafted over numerous projects on behalf of building owners.
To reduce potential difficulties, we would always advocate the involvement of a party wall surveyor at the early stages of the design process, as running the risk of party wall surveyors rejecting the design or its methods of construction at late stage causes delays and significant costs.
Party Wall Surveyor Services
- An initial appraisal of the contemplated works and advice as to whether, or to what extent the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 applies forms a significant part of our business.
- We regularly work with architects, designers and engineers to address the party wall issues that have been identified, helping produce the most appropriate design and construction methods.
- Where building works are proposed which fall within the scope of the Act, we can institute the formal procedures of the Act by serving on your behalf all relevant Party Wall notices.
- We can then continue to act for you as your ‘appointed’ surveyor steering you through the intricacies of the Act to ensure that your works are commenced as quickly as possible and with all necessary provisions in place. This will include preparing schedules of condition and agreeing awards.
- In addition to representing the building owner, we are often engaged to represent the neighbour (adjoining owner) affected by proposed developments and our experience ensures that you are properly protected with a high level of experience and expertise.
- Although our core business is party wall and boundary disputes we have a good general knowledge of architecture, interior space planning, engineering, building surveying and construction methods.
- Whether you are a building owner contemplating development or an adjoining owner concerned about the possible effects on your house of a neighbour’s extension, basement or loft conversion, Christopher Scott our party wall surveyor would be pleased to hear from you.