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Party Wall Surveyors Qualifications
Qualifications can be deceiving, and the Party Wall industry is no
exception, with no governing body anyone can set up and practise as a Party Wall Surveyor a few simple checks on qualifications will exclude cowboys and the potential disastrous Awards they may
Always use a qualified Surveyor, and this is defined below, in addition ask to see their
professional indemnity insurance and VAT number, remember if a Surveyor is not VAT registered then he’s probably not qualified or a one-man band, how can a professional Surveying practice turn over
less than the VAT threshold of £84,000 its simply not possible. None of these will be allowed to join this association.
We have received reports that labourers, painters, bus drivers,
waiters and even a cleaner have undertaken the various short courses available on the internet and commenced trading as a Party Wall Surveyor, and even having trade qualifications given to them to
display after their name as part of these short courses- that simply deceive the public into the miscomprehension they are dealing with a professional.Its simply a nonsense.
This may not be something you wish to assign to a poorly qualified
Surveyor if a complex development is being undertaken or in fact any structural modification or excavation as resulting damage can be substantial.
So how can you scrutinise a Party Wall Surveyor?
Its actually very simple, any professional Surveyor would
hold a bachelor’s degree in building Surveying.
This is always a BSc or BSc
There is no lesser qualification to be a
A Qualification that Supersedes the BSc is a MSc (Master of
Science) a very formidable qualification indeed.
Also equivalent is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building
This is always MCIOB.
Note the Associate grade of the Chartered Institute of Building (ACIOB) which was of “A Level standard” has been discontinued because its too lesser a
qualification to be considered as a Professional Surveyor.
Foundation degree’s such as Higher National Diplomas (HND) or
Higher National Certificates (HNC) coupled with five years or more experience are also deemed a Professional Surveyors qualification. A HND or HNC does require University attendance and therefore
entry qualifications and a proper formal equcation undertaken.
There are trade qualifications (or referred to as such) for example
as Members of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors MFPWS and can be obtained after a short course and paying a fee of around £300-£700 there are no entry qualifications required, essentially anyone
can apply and sit the course.
Consumers should draw their own conclusions as to their suitability
of overseeing a development project.
All the Surveyors listed below are correctly and professionally
Qualified experts in their field with no one better or more able to undertake Surveying tasks at a reasonable cost.
Why take risks?
DESIGNTORY LETTERS APWSA
This is for those professionals within the construction industry such as project managers, who
have undertaken a Building Qualification at NVQ3 or higher.
Associates will not be practising the Party Wall ect. Act 1996 but would benefit from direct
access to an experienced practising party wall surveyor for advice and guidance on party wall matters.
This would enable the Associates to provide their clients with accurate, unbiased
Associates can use the letters APWSA after their names.
This level of membership is for those with NVQ4 or Higher professional Qualifications such as a
Bachelor of Science in Building Surveying.
All members will have sufficient knowledge of the Party Wall ect. Act 1996, which can be
supported by at least twenty party wall Awards, this must include acting as the Agreed Surveyor as well as a joint Surveyor.
Members can use the letters MPWSA after their names.
This is for party wall surveyors who have a minimum of 5 years’ experience and the author of at
least 500 party wall Awards and who acts as a Third Surveyor when required.
All fellows hold a minimum of a University degree in Building Surveying or Structural Surveying
qualifications. In certain situations, those with a foundation degree such as a HNC or HND coupled with 10 years’ experience, but must include being the author of over 1,000 party wall Awards maybe
accepted upon application.
Fellows can use the letters FPWSA after their names.
The leading experts in Party Wall Surveying
This is a list of recommended Surveying Practices in London and the
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These are the outstanding market leaders and we cannot recommend
their services more they all operate without fault or complaint:
- Delva Patman Redler LLP, Thavies Inn House, 3-4 Holborn Circus, London EC1N
- Peter Barry Chartered Surveyors, Longcroft House, London EC2
- Carter Fielding, 4th Floor Neville House, 55 Eden Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 1BW
- Anstey Horne, Chartered Surveyors 4 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y
- Gates, Parish & Co, 32 Station Road, Upminster, Essex RM14
- Specialist Structural Einginners and Surveyors 22 Wenlock Road, London N1
- Arun Associates 80 High Street, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EJ
- HLN Engineering, Warlies Park House, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9
- Simon Matthew and Co, 4 Fryering Lane, Ingatestone, Essex CM4
- Graham Ford Chartered Surveyors, 48 The Strand, Deal, Kent CT14
- MS Newsome & Co Ltd, Unit 73 Capital Business Park, 22 Carlton Road,
South Croydon CR2 0BS
- Berry Lodge, 4 Treborough House, 1 Nottingham Place, London W1U
- Simon Levy Associates, 49 Theobald Street, Borehamwood WD6
- Specialist Party Wall Surveyors, 152 City Road, London EC1V
- Schroeders Begg, 10 Rudolf Place, Miles Street, London SW8
- Fedalah Ltd, 148 King Street, London W6 0QU
The Country’s leading Party Wall experts, consultants and third
This list provides the most skilful Surveyors in London and South
East at reasonable rates and you should be able to simply "Google" to find their contact details of by Clicking
Here this will substantially reduce the risk of employing a less able Surveyor.
- Alistair Redler FRICS
- Stuart Birrell FRICS
- Peter Bingham FRICS FCABE
- Micheal Graves FRICS
- Justin Burns BSc MRICS
- David Maycox FRICS
- Graham North FRICS
- David whitehouse BSC FRICS
- Ken Power FRICS, MBA, FCIOB
- Iain J Newsome MRICS
- Martin Stewart FRICS
- John Hicks BSc (Hons) MRICS
- Micheal Ney BSc MRICS
- Simon Levey FRICS
- Alan Bright FRCIS
- David Mann BSc (Hons) MRICS
- Clive Callard BSc FRICS
- Ian Cross FRICS
- John Williams MSc MPWSA
- Trevor Hall FRICS
- John Hayes FRCIS
- Simon Price
- James P Morgan BSc
- Rupert Lloyd
- Adam Power BSc (Hons)
- Joel Walsh
- Richard Grove Bsc
- David Bowman BSc (Hons)
- Matthew Wheeler BSc (Hons)
- Peter Winch BSc (Hons)
- William Weaver BS
- Fraser Tugby BSc
- John Hayes
- John Hughes
- Mike Lewis BSc
- David Rees BSc
- Barry Smith BSc
- Ray Stevens
- Keith Street BSc ( Hons)
- Matthew Wheeler
MRICS BSc(Hons) ABEng MIOL
- Darran Adams BSc (Hons)
- Peter Thomas MSc MPWSA
- Keith Firn BSc(Hons)
- Graham Thompson BSc Eng
- John William Wates MA (Oxon) BSc FRICS
- Martin Foster BSc (Hons)
- Bradley MacKenzie MSc (Hons)
- Anthony Richards BSc
- Peter Scott BSc
- Paul Teesdale
- Allen Norman BSc (Hons)
- Matthew Price BSc(Hons)
- John Howell BSc MSc
- Adam Power BSc (Hons) MSc
- David Toogood FRICS
- Neil Cunningham MRICS
- Alfred Clark CEng
- John Hughes FRICS
- Neil Hall BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- Stephen Lewis BSc (Hons)
- Paul Hughes MSc
- Tony Clifford BSc (Hons) FPWSA
- Mark Wright BSc MPWSA
- David Thompson BSc (Hons)
- Matthew Davies BSc MSc MPWSA
- Jane Copper BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- Emily James BSc MSc MPWSA
- Terry Philips BSc FRICS FPWSA
- Donald Mann BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- Paul Williams BSc MSc MPWSA
- John Suthe-Jones MSc PHD MPWSA
- Micheal Wright MCIOB MPWSA
- Adam Jones BSc (Hons)
- Philip Gold BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- John Reed HND MPWSA
- Jackie Lynhurst FPWSA
- Tom Houseman BSc (Hons)
- Jamie Laurence BSc MPWSA
- James Colemam BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- Andrew Johnson FPWSA
- Alan Briers BSc (Hons) FPWSA
- Tony Jones BSc MPWSA
- Sidney Barnes MPWSA
- Craig Davidson MSc FPWSA
- Jane Brookes BSc (Hons) MSc MPWSA
- Imran Patel BSc MSc FPWSA
- Mike Cutts BSc (Hons) FPWSA
- Bernard Wright BSc MFPWS
- Janet Moore MSc MPWSA
- James Mead MPWSA
- Morris Marsh BSc (Hons)
- Henry Logan BSc MPWSA
- Terry Hicks BSc MSc MPWSA
- Tony Lovedale BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- Kevin Moore BSc
- Eammon Johnson BSc (Hons) MPWSA
- Carol Jackson MCIOB MPWSA
- Ed Manning FCIOB FPWSA
- William Smith BSc MPWSA
- Gary Hogan MSc
- Edward Paul BSc (Hons) MPWSA
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What are Party Wall Costs?
Usually the building owner proposing the development works will pay
all Party Wall costs associated with drawing up of the legal agreement called a “Party Wall Award” but this only applies if the works are solely for his/her benefit.
Where a difference is deemed to have arisen under Section 10, and
before the Party Wall Surveyors produce the Award, both parties may jointly agree to settle any outstanding matters between them without the need for an Award.
In this case the building owner will usually still be liable for
all reasonable party wall costs incurred up to the date where the parties notify the Party Wall Surveyors of their intentions in writing.
What if damage occurs?
As the adjoining owner you are unlikely to directly benefit from
your neighbour’s Party Wall works; in fact, for a short period of time, you may experience some disruption to your daily life and it is possible that your home may suffer from damage as a result of
the Party Wall works.
Consequently, when you receive notice under the Party Wall ect. Act
1996 (Act) from the building owner you should carefully consider how best to safeguard your home and your rights during the progress of the works. In most cases appointing your own Surveyor under
Section 10 of the Act would be highly appropriate given the price of property in the UK. The building owner is responsible for all costs associated with the Act.
I have been served with a Party Wall Notice what should I
Once you receive a Party Wall notice from the building owner
you only have fourteen days in which to respond in writing. If you have already selected a Party Wall Surveyor to act for you then you should pass the notice to your Party Wall Surveyor so that
he/she can check the notice for compliance with the Act.
Your Party Wall Surveyor will then advise you of the most
suitable response and write to the building owner on your behalf.
If you have not appointed a Party Wall Surveyor then you usually
have four main options available to you, which are detailed below.
There are other possible options available to you, and this list is
not intended to be exhaustive.
- Request a "Party Wall Award"- This
option means that under Section 10 of the Act Party Wall Surveyors are appointed to prepare a Party Wall Award. This may be the same Party Wall Surveyor working as the “Agree Surveyor” or a different
Party Wall Surveyor for each party. In most cases the Party Wall Surveyors will examine the proposed plans, check the engineer's calculations, and make an initial assessment of likely impact of the
Party Wall works. The Party Wall Surveyors will then usually prepare a report of the adjoining owner's property before works start.Before the work
begins the Party Wall Surveyors will produce a detailed legal document called a Party Wall Award extends specific protections and rights to both parties, which are determined on an individual
basis.Finally, the Party Wall Surveyors will return after the completion of the party wall works to check whether there has been any damage to the
adjoining owner's property.
- Do nothing- In most
circumstances, if you do nothing for more than fourteen days after you have received a Party Wall Award then a difference is deemed to have arisen under Section 10 of the Act and the same
procedure applies as detailed in option (2) above. Where a difference is deemed to have arisen, and before Party Wall Surveyors produce the Party Wall
Award, both parties may jointly agree to settle any outstanding matters between them without the need for a Party Wall Award. In this case the building owner will usually still be liable for all
reasonable party wall costs incurred up to the date where the parties notify the Surveyors of their intentions in writing.
- Request a “Party Wall Agreement” you may wish to enter into a Party Wall agreement with your neighbour if you are generally happy with the works that are proposed. Both parties would need to
consent to this agreement and usually the person doing the building works would pay for the agreement to be drafted by an experienced Party Wall Surveyor.
- Consent to the party wall notice- This
option allows the building owner to get on with his works with no further action required from either party. But our express advice is never consent you would
have no rights under the Act for compensation or damage. Consenting could cost you thousands of pounds pursuing your neighbour under common law
at County Court. Use the Act and appoint a Surveyor at no cost to yourselves to safeguard your property. Do not give in to pressure from your neighbour for the reasons just stated.
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