Party Wall Surveyors in Leeds

We at CHPK have over 20 years of experience dealing with Party Wall Matters in Leeds and the surrounding area. In industrial, retail, logistics, residential and commercial environments, we represent both the building and the adjoining owners.

Party Wall Surveyors Leeds

We are a specialist team who can assist you with any Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters anywhere in Leeds, whether you are a developer or a recipient of a notice or request for access.

The Party Wall etc. Act of 1996 offers a framework for preventing and resolving disputes regarding the work being undertaken to boundary walls, excavations near neighbouring buildings and Party Wall structures (the dividing walls between properties, floors/ceilings of flats etc.)

The Act outlines the rights that each side of an adjacent structure or boundary (for excavation matters) has in relation to applications for building works. According to the said Act, parties must be notified when any works are being undertaken to a Party Wall/structure, if there are works up to or on the boundary, and for excavations within 3 and/or 6m (measured at an angle of 45dgrees to the adjacent foundations) and to a lower level.

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Our Approach

At CHPK, we take a refreshing approach to construction services in Leeds. We will not bombard you with industry jargon to sound clever. We believe in taking a human approach. You deal directly with us, not our voicemail. We’re a diverse team and proud of what we can deliver for you. Our team can cover everything from Party Wall Matters to access request for scaffolding and crane appraisals.

It may not be everyone’s idea of a party, but for us Party Wall and Neighbourly Matters are one of those complex matters that we really enjoy getting stuck into. We provide Party Wall surveying services in Leeds and the northern regions. We can undertake the role of surveyor for the building owners and adjoining owners, or the role of agreed surveyor for both parties.

Alternatively, we can also provide guidance and advice on a general level. We have experience across a wide range of buildings and projects, many of which encompass multiple adjoining owners and issues.

CHPK holds the following professional accreditations:

rics
ssip
worksafe consultant
aps
iso 9001 construction consultants

How can we help?

Acting on behalf of Building Owners

We have represented building owners all over the country as party wall consultants, serving all pertinent notices, creating schedules of conditions, and settling party wall awards in coordination with architects and engineers. We handle excavations close to neighbouring buildings as well as tasks involving party walls, boundary walls, and those.

Acting on behalf of Adjoining Owners

We regularly act for adjoining owners where party wall notices have been served upon them to ensure they are correctly represented under the Act and the correct legal procedures are followed, prior to works commencing on site.

Acting on behalf of both owners as Agreed Surveyor

When both owners agree that a single surveyor is best suited to resolve the issue in dispute, we represent both owners. This technique works best when the disputed issue(s) aren’t too contentious. Usually, this is connected to straightforward household work that is affordable in terms of prices.

Recent Party Wall Case Studies

Party Wall Surveyors in London

Pembridge Villas

Appointed to act on behalf of the Building Owners in connection with a large basement extension. Timing was a key driver for them and our role was to resolve issues so work could commence without delay.

Once the engineering aspects, consents and security were agreed, it was a case of agreeing the Awards quickly. We have a RICS based award we use, but with sensible, relevant additions we find most surveyors are in agreement too. We also negotiated security for expenses sums with several of the Adjoining Owners, supported with further analysis by our in house QS.  In total there were 8 awards to agree.

The whole process took 10 weeks to agree, from service of notices. We had a satisfied Building Owner. Detailed method statements and temporary works were agreed as part of the Award which meant the contractor was in no doubt as to what was required on site. Early, thorough planning, together with swift follow ups, meant there were minimal issues on site.

London Party Wall Surveyors

Red Lion Court

Appointed as the Building Owners’ surveyor on the conversion and new build elements to the last converted Wapping warehouse building.

In total there were 32 adjoining owners affected, which meant a great deal of coordination was required and some tight time scales to meet along the way.

During construction, damage was caused to the adjoining properties which resulted in much investigative work and in-depth negotiation with adjoining owner’s surveyors. Simultaneously, the appointed contractor went into administration, which added further complexities. Insurers and solicitors from multiple parties became involved generating more layers of complications.

Supporting the Building Owner’s throughout the process, our team were instrumental in resolving matters professionally and effectively

Would like to work with us?

The following would be pleased to provide references for CHPK and the team. Names and contact details can be provided upon request.

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“It is an absolute pleasure working with the CHPK team and I could not be more happy with the service they provide and the support they have given.”

Peter George – Scape Student Living Limited

Party Wall Frequently Asked Questions

Party structures, usually referred to as party walls, are shared by two different properties. The building of a boundary wall or garden wall is an example of a construction project that needs a party wall agreement. These can also be floors that divide apartments, commonly referred to as party structures.

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 became active in England 1 July 1997. After the Great Fire of London in 1666, the act was first proposed.

Building and land owners are given specific rights and obligations under the Act while starting a construction project. Property owners are required to warn their neighbours before beginning any Party Wall activities. This refers to any building project that might have an impact on nearby structures, such as basement excavations and rear extensions, which are frequent situations in which a party wall award would be necessary. The Building Owner shall therefore get the required approval prior to commencing construction.

Preventing neighbour party wall disputes and providing a framework for resolution are the goals of the act.

A party wall award is a court order between the owner of the building and the neighbouring property.

We do, indeed. On larger-scale projects, several issues arise that necessitate a multi-disciplined strategy, such as unique foundations or expense security, for example. That is what distinguishes our team. We use our diverse range of construction-related skills to anticipate concerns and proactively address them. Our Leeds Party Wall team at CHPK is equipped with the required experience to offer knowledgeable, precise party wall advise.

The surveyors will examine the neighbouring property’s condition after the construction is complete. They will note any damages after comparing the property’s present condition to the schedule of conditions.

The works’ damages must be fixed or a monetary settlement must be reached.

Building and Adjoining Owners can get help from our knowledgeable team at CHPK. We work to make sure that everything goes smoothly and effectively.

No, in accordance with the Party Wall Act, all notifiable works require prior neighbour agreement. Not all construction projects require a Party Wall agreement. If you have any queries concerning party walls in Leeds or are unsure of how to proceed, please contact our experts at CHPK.

The Party Wall Act mandates that the building owner frequently pay the reasonable surveyor fees incurred by the neighbours. The costs are only applicable to notifiable party wall projects.

Party Wall Guides

RICS – Consumer guide to Party Walls

Party Wall etc. Act 1996 – Explanatory booklet

RICS – Consumer guide to Right to Light

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