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Here, Michael White C.Build.E MCABE MFPWS, one of our senior surveyors, offers his “beginners guide” which aims to provide an outline understanding of party walls and the requirements of the Party Wall Act….
The process of resolving a dispute under The Party Wall Act can involve input from a myriad of people, many of which are operating at the expense of the Building Owner. Here, Michael White C.Build.E MCABE MFPWS, one of our senior surveyors, explains who is involved in the process, their purpose and the responsibilities of their role…
The word “tender” (in the construction sense) within the industry often releases screams of hate from Contractors and yawns from Clients. Below I thought I’d touch on the pros and cons of using this approach to procurement.
Special foundations are defined in Section 20 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 as:
“ special foundations” means foundations in which an assemblage of beams or rods is employed for the purpose of distributing any load “
This is a very old fashioned way of saying “reinforced” any many would argue isn’t particularly relevant today.
A few times a month we get asked a variation of the question “My neighbours extension will overshadow my house, can we put something in the Party Wall Award?”
A Quantity Surveyor will guide the design team towards a design that is affordable before selecting the most suitable method of appointing a contractor. During the project they will negotiate with the contractor and assess when and how much money is due.
The reason for a lack of notice is not always of a sinister nature and can often be the result of bad or non-existent advice from the building owners designer or client team. Unfortunately non-awareness is not a valid excuse for not serving a party wall notice.
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