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Party Wall Surveyor

Party Wall Surveyor

Atkinson Peck: Party Wall Surveyor

Party Wall Surveyor

The Part Wall Act etc 1996 came into force on 1 July 1997 and applies throughout England and Wales. The purpose of the Act is to provide a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

The Act requires anyone intending to carry out work of the kinds described in the Act, to give the Adjoining Owners notice of their intentions. Adjoining Owners can agree with the Building Owner’s proposals or reach agreement with the Building Owner on changes in the way the works are to be carried out. Where there is no written consent or agreement, the Act provides for the resolution of ‘disputes’.

If you cannot reach agreement with the Adjoining Owners, the next best thing is to agree with them on appointing what the Act calls an "Agreed Surveyor" to draw up an "Award". Alternatively, each owner can appoint a surveyor to draw up the award together. The role of the Party Wall Surveyor is to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act.

Atkinson Peck are perfectly placed to provide this expert Party Wall advice, whether appointed by the Building Owner or the Adjoining Owner, as our Chartered Structural Engineers fully understand the structure of a building, and how any alterations can affect it. Atkinson Peck regularly represents both Building Owner and Adjoining Owner as Party Wall Surveyor, whether this is for a domestic property extension or a larger new build development. In many cases it is apparent that seeking advice early in a project can avoid long and expensive delays while also providing advice on the design of the work to minimise their effect on a party structure or adjacent buildings.

Importantly, we understand that having building work and alterations carried out at your property can be stressful and we aim to make the Party Wall element as stress free as possible. For adjoining owners we understand that when your neighbours are proposing to undertake building works which may affect your property that confidence is required that your interests are being protected.