Party Walls

Basement Construction in London - Party Wall problems

Party Wall Matters

We acted as Building Owner’s surveyor for the construction of a basement to a terraced house in London which had two Adjoining Owners.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Basement Construction, London

Collier Stevens were retained to act as Building Owner’s surveyor for the construction of a basement to a terraced house in London which had two Adjoining Owners. A fairly standard scheme of excavation, temporary support and underpinning to both party walls was required.

building work requiring party wall agreement

Party Wall Matters

This project demonstrates our role in resolving a party wall dispute where significant structural damage was caused to a neighbouring property because of an error in construction.

Building Owner’s Surveyor – Residential Redevelopment, London

Collier Stevens acted as Building Owner’s Surveyor for a scheme in London with multiple Adjoining Owners. It required demolition and extensive residential redevelopment.

It was notable for significant structural damage being caused to a neighbouring property because of an error in construction. The entire remedial work and settlement which ran well into six figures was resolved to all parties’ satisfaction within the provisions of the Party Wall Act and without recourse to lawyers.

Basement conversion, chislehurst, neighbours, party wall agreement

Party Wall Matters

Collier Stevens were the Adjoining Owner’s Surveyor, where a neighbour was excavating, enlarging and altering an existing coal cellar.

Adjoining Owners Surveyor – Basement Conversion, Chislehurst

Collier Stevens were the Adjoining Owner’s Surveyor, where a neighbour was excavating, enlarging and altering an existing coal cellar to form additional habitable accommodation. This included works to chimney breasts, underpinning and the introduction of a substantial structural steel frame.

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (“the Act”) came into force in 1997 throughout England and Wales. If you are planning building work it obligates you to formally notify and receive the consent of your neighbours if the work includes:

  • work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property (section 2 of the Act)
  • building a free-standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary with a neighbouring property (section 1 of the Act)
  • excavating near a neighbouring building (section 6 of the Act)

As important as Planning Consent & Building Regulation Approval, it is your responsibility, not the Local Authority’s, to find out whether that work falls within the Act and whether you need a Party Wall Agreement, properly known as a ‘Party Wall Award’.

If it does, you must correctly notify and have received the written consent of all affected neighbours. A quick word over the garden fence is not satisfactory.

You can download suitable Party Wall forms and templates or you may prefer to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor experienced in Party Wall matters.

Collier Stevens Chartered Surveyors are professional and experienced Party Wall Surveyors. If you are either a building owner wishing to undertake work that affects a party wall, or you are a neighbour affected by works on a party wall, we can help you.

Building Owners  (doing the work)

Are you:

  • Working on an existing wall or structure shared with another property?
  • Building a free-standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary line?
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building?

If you are a building owner intending to carry out building work which involves any of the above, you must serve Party Wall Notices to all affected neighbours to avoid the risk of legal action being taken against you for proceeding with work unlawfully. We can issue correctly drafted notices on your behalf.

Adjoining Neighbours (next door to the work)

Have you received a notice saying that your neighbour intends to do work that includes:

  • Work on an existing wall or structure shared with another property?
  • Building a free-standing wall or a wall of a building up to or astride the boundary line?
  • Excavating near a neighbouring building?

If so, then it is essential that you respond correctly to avoid prejudicing your position. We will ensure that you are properly protected by responding correctly on your behalf to a party wall notice, and dissenting to the work, if that is what you want to do.

If you have not received a notice, then the works may be progressing unlawfully and we can advise you on the correct course of action. This may be stopping the works until the right agreements are in place, or in some cases seeking an injunction.

Contact us for for more information and to get a free, no obligation quote , or if you prefer to talk, call us on 020 8295 1200 in London or 01303 23900 in Kent.