A party Wall award can often be required when you undertake construction works either on an existing or for a proposed building. Many people look at the title of the act which is the “Party Wall etc Act” and are under the misconception that it only relates to works that are carried out on the wall between two joined premises which is known as the “Party Wall” but this is not the case. There are a number of other items covered by the Act and the clue is in the etc. suffix at the end of the title. A few examples of items that would be included are such things as Adjacent Excavation notices. If you’re digging in the back garden of your house for an extension and the excavation will be lower than those of your nextdoor neighbour within a distance of 3 m then you need to let the neighbours know under the terms of section 6 of the party wall legislation. If you’re piling different distances and depths apply. Within flats for example you can have such things as Party Structures which refer to that part of the building that separates different homes or areas accessed by their own staircase or entrance. If example you’re in a firstfloor flat in doing work to your floors such as putting insulation in for sound purposes of even a level access shower tray you need to let the ground floor premises know as your floor is their ceiling and you […]
I have always had interest in Gothic architecture and have always been very impressed by the stone masonry work in churches and cathedrals. My family are well aware that every time we drive walk past a Gothic cathedral I’m going to have to stop and going to have a look at how it’s been built and in particular admire the stone tracery to the Windows The Quatrefoils shape is the four leafed clover window and can often be seen at the top of a Gothic arch filled with stained glass. It’s a Christian and Islamic symbol the word deriving from the Latin and comes from “quattour” or four and “folium” or leaves. My uncle also lives in a road called Trefoil Drive and which is the three leafed clover window so I suppose it been around me in some form for most of my life. It is often quite interesting trying to spell the company name down the telephone to someone and it is at times like this that one tends to think that maybe I should’ve called the company ABC Surveyors but I’m sure it’s been done before. I often have a number of discussions with people as to exactly how to pronounce the name of the company and its one of those terms like scones or tomatoes where everybody has a slightly different view.
Party Wall matters can be expensive and there is no way of hiding from that as you cannot always control all of the costs. The expenses are not necessarily your surveyor as you can agree these up front but the Adjoining Owners Surveyor over whom you have no control. As soon as you submit for Planning Permission you should be aware that hoards of so called “Surveyors”, many unregulated by the RICS will write directly to you neighbours seeking appointment at your expense. Unregulated Surveyors can charge what they like for what is minimal work and if you are in a hurry to build it is often not worth fighting. I recently had a case where somebody was taking a chimney breast off their side which is a notifiable matter under the Party Wall act and the nextdoor neighbours appointed an unreasonably expensive surveyor for what was very minor works. Neighbours often do this as a lever to try and force people to stop building works that they cannot prevent by other means. I think we ended up with a bill for the owner in the region of £3000 for the neighbours surveyor which is excessive as it is really the Building Owner’s Surveyor ( that would normally be ourselves) who produces the Party Wall Award, the schedule of condition and sends out all the notices. It is often the case that the opposing surveyor is not generally Chartered but looks upon this as a means of easy money. You […]
Once notices have been served your nextdoor neighbours have 14 days in which to respond to them. Under the previous 1935 act if you did not hear back from them they were deemed to have consented to the works and you could proceed. However, under the 1996 act this situation has reversed with the effect that if you now do not hear within the statutory time period they are deemed to have dissented. The effect of dissenting under the act means that there is a dispute which must be resolved by external surveyors as the act says you are not allowed to do this yourself. The two disputing parties would either then appoint their own individual surveyors or they would consent in the appointment of a joint agreed surveyor who would act for both parties. The Building Owner need to be aware that he/she is responsible for the surveyors costs being the party that is undertaking the works. The duty of the surveyors is to resolve the dispute by producing a Party Wall award which would deal with such matters as how the works are carried out, access arrangements and for example timing. Building Owners are warned to watch out for surveying companies who trawl the planning register and write to the nextdoor neighbours seeking appointment at an early stage before you have even had a chance to discuss the proposals with your neighbours. For this reason it is always beneficial to make the neighbours aware that you are putting […]
London attracts a wide range of persons who come to the capital to live and work. Everyone will at some point be faced with the challenge of finding their next residence amongst the vast number of residences to lease in London. This can be a time consuming and draining process, but keeping a few things in mind can make the search for your perfect apartment or house for lease easier and more enjoyable. Determining on the Essentials Viewings are by far the most time consuming part of the search, particularly when looking for residences to lease in London. Distances are far and travel times can be long during rush hour. It is therefore a great idea to do as much preparation as possible before actually going to see available apartments and houses for lease. The first thing to focus on should be the size of the apartments or houses for lease you are looking for. You will already know how many people you are planning to live with or if it’s going to be a space for yourself. Decide on the number of bedrooms you require as a minimum. With so many residences to lease in London is important to limit your search to a few areas of the city. There are several details you should consider when deciding on a location. You might already know where you would like to live – perhaps you grew up in the space or all your friends and family live nearby. If, however, […]
The company world has been blessed with numerous logo designs that have given birth to some of the most famous corporate brands. We have always praised and admired famous corporate emblems, but we have never paid much attention to the creators behind such magnificent designs. Who were the logo designers that led to the success of famous corporate brands? While there are several prominent logo designers in the world, today I have highlighted the life works of 10 most famous of European origin. Witness the outstanding display of work of these majestic logo designers: 1. Alan Fletcher Alan Gerard Fletcher (1931- 2006) was a well-known British graphic designer. His portfolio of corporate identities includes logo design for Reuters in 1965, “V&A” for Victoria and Albert Museum in 1989 and his “IoD” for the Institute of Directors. 2. Otl Aicher Otl Aicher (1922 – 1991) nicknamed Otto, was a prominent German graphic designers of the 20th century. Some of his best works for corporate brands include Lufthansa Airlines in 1969, ERCO in 1974 and the Munich Airport. 3. Raymond Loewy Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986), a French graphic designer, is documented as one of the finest industrial designers of the 20th century. Some of his famous logos include the 1971 Shell, Exxon and old British Petroleum. 4. Ivan Chermayeff Ivan Chermayeff was born in 1932 in London, England. He is the son of the Chechen architect Serge Ivan Chermayeff. His renowned corporate identities include the famous NBC in 1986 and the […]