The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed. Where they disagree, the Act provides a mechanism for resolving disputes. The Act is separate from obtaining planning permission or building regulations approval.
The party wall act came into force throughout the country. London, with its crowded streets, has had Party Wall legislation for over a 100 years. Richard F Gill & Associates as Structural Engineers provide a variety of different services to cover the varying aspects of the Act which other building professionals are not fully qualified to advise on:
Providing design advice, details and calculations to allow party wall awards to be arranged.
The practice has the skills to act as Party Wall Surveyor for clients.
Providing advice to adjacent owners on their rights under the act.
Provide detailed technical advice to other Party wall surveyors.