Hourican & Associates specialise in all Party Wall matters
We are qualified members of the following associations & regulating bodies.
- FPWS: Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. In 1997 the Government introduced party wall legislation across the whole of England & Wales in the form of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors was born out of a need for education and support for building surveyors and other professionals, but also to enhance awareness and provide advice and guidance to the general public.
- Pyramus & Thisbe Club: The P&T seeks to advance knowledge of party wall legislation and procedure and to promote best professional practice in its application.
The Club played a pivotal role in the framing of the present Party Wall etc. Act 1996
Founded in 1974 by leading party wall surveyors, the Club is organised on a regional basis throughout England and Wales, with each branch having its own Chairman and programme of events
The name of the Club comes from the characters of Pyramus and Thisbe in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: two lovers separated by a wall and who come to a sad end as a result of a dispute between their fathers.
- RIC's: With over 130,000 qualified and trainee professionals, RICS promotes and enforces the highest international standards across the built and natural environment.
- CIOB: Have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.
- MCABE: Chartered Association of Building Engineers (MCABE) is the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings.
Our party wall services
Our Party Wall services are designed to legally & professionally conduct surveys for our clients ensuring any building works that affecting their building or their neighbours building are compliant with the Party Wall Act.
- Identification of adjoining property owner and address (if not the tenant) so you can comply with the 2 month notice period and avoid delays.
- Advice on how best to achieve cooperation with your neighbour
- Drafting and serving the notice
- Follow up of the notice after 14 days if required
- Carrying out a schedule of condition survey at the adjoining property before the works start.
- Drafting, negotiating and agreeing the Award with neighbours surveyor.
- Serving of the Party Wall Award.
- Drafting, negotiating and agreeing Award on behalf of the Building Owner and Adjoining Owner.
- Note: Your neighbour has the right to appoint their own preferred party wall expert. In most cases this expense is covered by the person doing the build project. For that reason it makes good sense to try and appoint a joint surveyor
- Agreeing the schedule of condition record before the works start. Liaising with the building owner’s surveyor to negotiate and agree the Award.
- Note: In the majority of cases, the adjoining owner surveyor fees are paid for by the one carrying out the building works.
Our most recent customer testimonials
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