Peter Barry’s dedicated party walls team are on hand to assist with your Bury St Edmunds building project. If you’re planning works that fall within the scope of the Act, you’re welcome to call us for some free advice and a fee quote. Equally, if you’ve received a notice and are deciding how to respond we’ll be happy to talk you through the pros and cons of the different options.
Another specialist area is lease extensions and freehold enfranchisement. If you are planning to extend the lease of your Bury St Edmunds flat or collectively purchase the freehold we can advise on how to instigate proceedings and calculate the compensation that is likley to be due to the freeholder.
Our surveyor Justin Burns recently completed a Level 2 Survey on a 1960s detached bungalow to the east of Bury St. Edmunds, close to the town of Elmswell. The inspection was booked in promptly and the report dispatched within our standard 3 days turnaround period. A number of issues were highlighted within the report including a chimney stack in need of re-building, cracking to a detached garage and some dated and potentially dangerous wiring. As a result of our report, the buyer could proceed with the purchase fully aware of the remedial works required.
Our client commented ‘Our chain was moving quickly and we required a reliable surveyor to perform the survey quickly and efficiently. We contacted Peter Barry Surveyors and the staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. Justin who performed the survey was very thorough and professional. 5 star rating for this great service! Will definitely use again if needed and would 100% recommend.
As all the accommodation is on one floor, bungalows tend to have a large floor area and most will be built in a traditional rectangular shape. The result is long walls to the front and rear of the property that, unless they have been constructed with movement joints, will be prone to cracking. This particular property also had large UPVC windows which are also prone to thermal movement. It was therefore unsurprising to find extensive cracking adjacent to openings at the front and rear of the property. Cracking of this type can only be prevented with extensive modifications but our surveyor was able to advise on measures that could be taken to reduce the risk and on appropriate repairs.
We were also instructed to provide costings in respect of repair works so that our client could renegotiate where necessary without the hassle of having to arrange estimates from builders.
It’s surprising how much the orientation of a pitched roof can affect the lifespan of its covering. Old clay tiles can be quite porous and will become saturated during wet weather. Those facing southwards will then gradually dry out when the weather improves and the sun comes out. However, if the elevation of the roof faces north, they will remain in the shade and there’s a greater possibility that the temperature will drop below zero before they are fully dry. When a wet tile freezes, the water droplets expand and damage the surface (referred to as ‘spalling’). Wet tiles also encourage moss to grow and that moss will then act as a sponge and accelerate the deterioration.
Our surveyor Justin Burns encountered a classic example of this when he recently inspected a cottage in a rural location to the south of Bury St. Edmunds as part of a Level 3 survey. The south facing elevation of the main roof required some minor remedial works but the tiles to the rear were in such poor condition that renewal was the only realistic option. Thankfully our client was able to renegotiate the price to leave something in the budget for the roof works.
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Bury St Edmunds is a market town in west Suffolk located between Newmarket to the west and Stowmarket to the east.
The town is probably best known for being the location of the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund. Located close to the town centre within the picturesque Abbey Gardens, the Abbey housed the Shrine of Saint Edmund who was the first Patron Saint of England.
The famous Greene King Westgate brewery is located on the edge of the town centre. The brewery run frequent tours for the public including that all important opportunity to sample the cask ales. Opposite the brewery entrance is the Theatre Royal, a Grade I listed restored Regency theatre. The National Trust run regular tours exploring the theatre’s fascinating history including the chance to stand on the same stage as such well known theatrical luminaries as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derick Jacobi and Christopher Biggins.
There are no direct trains to London from Bury St Edmunds so it’s a choice of going either via Cambridge or Ipswich to Liverpool Street Station but each of those towns can be reached in between 30 and 45 minutes and have a great range of facilities.
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