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Written by Berry Lodge Surveyors

Here at Berry Lodge Surveyors we are Party Wall Surveying specialists as well as being Chartered Surveyors and undertake a range of Surveying services throughout London.

We thought it would be helpful to look at some of the most common types of Party Wall Surveying works that we have dealt with in the past year or so.

Loft Conversions

Loft Conversions

If you are undertaking a loft conversion to your property, or your neighbour is planning on undertaking one to their property. Providing the properties are semi-detached or terraced, the Party Wall etc Act 1996 will apply and as such Party Wall procedures will need to be followed in advance of the construction work commencing.

Loft conversions mean that the Party Wall separating the two houses will be exposed, while also likely seeing steel beams inserted into the Party Wall to support the added load of the new loft room. These works are notifiable under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and as such Party Wall Notices will need to be served in advance of the works commencing.

Rear and Side Extensions

Rear and Side Extensions

If you are undertaking a rear or side extension to your property, or your neighbour is planning on undertaking one to their property. Providing the properties are within 6 metres of one and other, the Party Wall etc Act 1996 will apply and as such Party Wall procedures will need to be followed in advance of the construction work commencing.

Rear and Side Extensions mean that the new foundations need to be dug to support the new structure. With building regulations requiring foundations to be a minimum of 1 metre deep, these are likely to a lower level than the adjoining owner’s foundations. As such, these works will be notifiable under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and as such Party Wall Notices and potentially Party Wall Awards will need to be served and agreed in advance of the works commencing.

Basement Conversions

Basement Conversions

A surprisingly common type of work these days in London, if you are undertaking a basement extension to your property, or your neighbour is planning on undertaking one to their property. The excavations and likely see underpinning of the Party Wall and as such the Party Wall etc Act 1996 will apply and with the Party Wall procedures followed in advance of the construction work commencing on site.

Basement conversions are towards the upper end of the risk spectrum for Party Wall works and as such it is likely that advising engineers, security for expenses and movement monitoring could all come into play.

Removal of Chimney Breasts

Removal of Chimney Breasts

A very common type of work throughout London and England and Wales as a whole, if you removing the chimney breast from your property, or your neighbour is planning on removing theirs from their property. Providing the properties are semi-detached or terraced, the Party Wall etc Act 1996 will apply and as such Party Wall procedures will need to be followed in advance of the construction work commencing.

These procedures will include the service of a Party Wall Notice upon the adjoining owner a likely the agreement of a Party Wall Award, depending upon the adjoining owner’s response to the Notice.

Works to a Garden Walls

Works to a Garden Walls

Unbeknown to most property owners, works directly to garden walls, which are known as Party Fence Walls under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 will require the service of Party Wall Notices in advance of the work commencing.

Even if the garden wall isn’t shared between the two respective properties, undertaking construction work to it, may still fall within the realm of the Party Wall etc Act 1996, therefore it is key to ensure that enquires are made with a Surveyor in advance of any work commencing.

Party Wall procedures can often be confusing and in many cases overlooked by the design team. One of the best bits of advice we have for both building owners and adjoining owners alike is to ensure that the Party Wall procedures are in place as early as possible. This will avoid delay to the proposed construction works and ultimately help ensure the building owner is able to progress with the works as soon as possible.

If you are planning on undertaking construction works to your property, or your neighbour is planning on undertaking works to their property. Give our experienced team of Surveyors a call now, we are happy to assist you.