CHARTERED BUILDING SURVEYOR & PARTY WALL SPECIALIST
Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors are your professional point of contact for building surveying services throughout London and the Home Counties. We are a dynamic and client focused firm of Chartered Surveyors with offices in Winchmore Hill, North London.
Understanding buildings is our passion. As experienced London building surveyors with a solid track record of 20+ years in property surveying and the construction industry, we take great pride in giving our professional building advice to a wide range of clients. These include residential property owners and property management companies, contractors and building professionals, real estate companies and landed estates. If you need professional assistance with any property, we would be delighted to offer our services.
Why choose Squarepoint?
As specialist party wall surveyors, we will provide you with clear and cost-effective guidance to help you through your obligations and minimise delays. We provide Party Wall Awards which detail the rights and obligations of the property owners and protect boundary lines.
Our expert team can provide advice and guidance in all matters relating to building surveying, condition surveys, contract administration, project management and other related services. From rising damp to refurbishment services, we will give you a clear picture of any problems that a property might be concealing.
Whether you are looking to buy a family home in Highgate, refurbish a multi-storey office block in Chelsea, need Party Wall Surveyors in Enfield or are looking for a general building surveyor in North London, Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors should be your first port of call.
RICS ACCREDITED, NORTH LONDON SURVEYORS
For highest standard of expertise, accredited by our RICs membership, and excellent levels of client care in all our dealings, please contact us today.
A selection of the services we are able to provide our clients include…
- Party Wall Awards
- Building Condition Surveys
- Contract Administration
- Extensions and Alterations
- Building Surveys
- Project Management
- Refurbishment Advice
- Specification and Design Services
What our clients say…
“Squarepoint Surveyors helped us sort out our Party Wall Agreement with patience, speed and professionalism throughout”…Read More
“From the very first time I called Scott, he was attentive to my requirements for a building survey in North London. From the outset, he noted down my areas of concern”… Read More
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As specialists in Party Wall matters, our team assists clients with serving Notice, drawing up Party Wall Awards and ensuring that the rights of Building Owners and Adjoining Owners are protected. If you are planning works or have been served Notice, we can help.
Are you planning to buy, sell or renovate a large or old property? A RICS Building Survey will offer you a detailed analysis of its condition and provide you with essential advice about defects, repairs and required maintenance.
The Party Wall Act 1996
The Party Wall Act 1996 is enshrined in English law and places a legal requirement on building owners who are planning to alter their property in a way that may affect a wall or boundary shared between adjoining neighbours – the Party Wall. The requirements apply to residential and commercial property where extensions, or new development is proposed that has the potential to affect the shared boundary.
Do I need a party wall agreement?
If there are plans to cut into or build upon the Party Wall, or building or excavation works are proposed to be carried out nearby, a Party Wall Notice must be served on the adjoining building owner, and consent for building works obtained before any works can commence.
It is often the case that Party Wall Surveyors may need to be instructed to act for the building owner and for the adjoining owner concerning any building works on or near the boundary. As a property owner who commissions building works, there can be issues arising not just with the Party Wall itself, but in the vicinity of the Party Wall or an adjoining building or the boundary line. What’s more, the possible consequences of any proposed building works on the surrounding ground and foundations must also be considered.
We would highly recommend that you instruct an experienced Party Wall Surveyor as early in the process as you possibly can. The process to be followed can be tricky and requires the knowledge of an expert, while acting without professional assistance could lead to added expense, building delay and potential dispute.
Party Wall FAQs
Who is my adjoining owner?
Your adjoining owner is anyone that has an interest greater than a year-to-year tenancy in the neighbouring property that will be affected by party wall work. This means that if the property is occupied by a long-term tenant or a leasehold owner, you will need to notify them as well as their landlord and/or freeholder.
How do I notify the adjoining owner(s)?
You or your representative will need to disclose a detailed plan of your proposed works, including the project schedule and how it will affect the neighbouring property. Read More
If possible, you should discuss your construction plans with your neighbours informally before you need to give notice, so that any potential issues can be negotiated beforehand and they feel more comfortable providing consent.
What happens after Notice has been served?
After you or your surveyor has served Notice, your adjoining owner should respond with written consent within 14 days if they are happy with your plans.
What if the adjoining owner does not consent to the works?
When an adjoining owner is not satisfied with the proposed works, both parties are entitled to seek professional arbitration through a surveyor.
What does a party wall award cover?
A party wall award states the work that will be carried out and the agreed terms of it being conducted. For example, the adjoining owner may stipulate that construction cannot be carried out during evenings or weekends, or that certain access can only be granted at particular times.
It should be noted that adjoining owners ultimately cannot prevent the work from happening by denying access to the contractors or surveyors. However, the building owner must provide appropriate notice (typically 14 days) to the occupier and adjoining owner, unless it’s an emergency.
The party wall award will also include a Schedule of Condition, documenting the current condition of the adjoining property so that any damage can be identified and made good once the construction has finished.
If either party feels that the surveyor has acted improperly or unfairly when drawing up the award, they have 14 days to appeal its terms via the County Court.
Dear Vanessa and Scott, I am emailing you both to express my heartfelt sentiments over the high level of professionalism and determination you have presented whilst negotiating a party wall agreement between ourselves and our neighbours. This was an awkward and difficult case, there have been times of great stress during the process and throughout it there was always grounded reassurance, patience and support which in the end prevailed. Vanessa, I need to thank you in particular for always being reliable, and going beyond what your job asks of you. Scott, you have an incredible employee. She needs a promotion! We will definitely come back again as and when an opportunity arises. Thank you both very much for taking care of us in this process.
Recently Completed Projects
Squarepoint was appointed to design, specify, tender and project manage the on site construction works until completion. Learn more about the design and refurbishment project here.