Party Wall Strategy

Dorian Burt provides advice to architects and designers in the application of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and how to design to maximise rights and avoid conflict in party wall matters.

While the provisions of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 may be known to many in a basic form, the application of them in design work is quite nuanced and can lead to may pit-falls and opportunities. The issues to be considered include but are not limited to:

  • the status of existing walls
  • the likely boundary positions
  • the existing rights encompassed
  • the rights for the proposed work
  • which work is notifiable and alternative options
  • which notices must be served
  • the number of potential adjoining owners
  • rights for access to do the work
  • risk of damage encompassed
  • likely conflict objection and means of avoidance
  • avoiding trespass
  • maximising space
  • designing for maintenance
  • future proofing for neighbours work

We can review concept drawings, attend design team meetings and meet on site to give advice on these aspects.

The party wall process itself is explained on our page Party Wall Service. Also see our page Party Wall Questions & Answers.

Dorian Burt is an experienced party wall surveyor. He can be consulted for initial advice, appointed as either the building owner’s surveyor, the adjoining owner’s surveyor, or appointed as a joint agreed surveyor.

Where Dorian Burt is appointed in an advisory capacity this can be a direct appointment to the client or via the architect/designer. If Dorian Burt later becomes appointed as a party wall surveyor, this can only be a direct appointment to the building owner and Dorian Burt will be under a duty to act impartially in deciding party wall matters.

Contact us for help.