Peter Barry Surveyors are here to guide you through the party wall process if you are considering extending or altering your Canning Town property. We like to work closely with owners to avoid unnecessary disputes and secure the best outcome. Where the works are straightforward, a detailed record of the condition of the adjoining property may be all that is required.
The process starts with the party proposing to undertake works falling within the scope of the Act formally notifying any affected adjoining owners. Those works will include anything that directly affects the party wall such as removing internal walls and cutting pockets to allow for the insertion of beams as well as new walls constructed at the boundary and excavation within up to 6.00m of adjoining or shared structures.
Our team of experienced party wall surveyors can assist with the service of notices and can act as an impartial appointed surveyor should a dispute arise.
Many owners are not aware that excavating on their own land, back from the boundary, may still fall within the scope of the Act and be notifiable to an adjoining owner but its inclusion is logical as there is a risk of ground movement. The criterion for inclusion seeks to assess that risk, albeit in simple terms – where the excavation is within 3.00m of an adjoining or shared structure, and to a greater depth than the base of the foundations to that structure, the risk of movement is sufficient to trigger the Act’s procedures.
We recently served a Notice of Adjacent Excavation on behalf of the owner of a semi-detached house just north of Silvertown who was proposing to add a single storey rear extension with the flank wall set back from the boundary. Although the excavation of the foundations to the extension fell within the scope of the Act, the adjoining owner appreciated that the risk of damage was low and was happy to consent to the notice.
Our client opted to instruct us to undertake a inspect and produce a Level 3 Home Survey/Building Survey of this property in the in the Canning Town area.
The house was middle of terrace with a single storey rear extension. Defects arising included deteriorating pitched and flat roof coverings; defective and missing guttering; dampness issues and associated risk of decay in floor timbers.
Our client was pleased with the service, leaving a review to comment: ‘Extremely thorough survey and prompt, good communication throughout.’
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The area has been the subject of a major regeneration programme since 2012 with a long term plan to build 10,000 new homes. The £3.7 billion project, which takes in Customs House, has begun to transform the area with a new town centre due to be completed in around 2014.
Canning Town was also the location of one of East London’s most infamous buildings, Roman Point. The 22-storey tower block partly collapsed shortly after it had opened in 1968 following a gas explosion. The blast damaged some load-bearing walls causing a corner of the building to collapse resulting in the death of 4 people. It contributed to the stigma around tower blocks and led to changes in the way they were constructed.
Canning Town Station forms part of both the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway – Canary Wharf is just a short hop away by tube which makes the area a good option for professionals at the start of their working life who need affordable housing.
We have a team of surveyors specialising in party wall matters so you can be sure that your appointed surveyor is an expert in the field.
Our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution Chartered Surveyors (RICS) so you can rely on their honesty, integrity and professionalism.
Peter Barry Surveyors are Regulated by the RICS ensuring that you have a free to use method of redress should anything go wrong.
Our team have a duty to keep up to date with the latest party wall case law and this will be reflected in the advice that you receive.
The team are also members of party wall specific governing bodies the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors or the Pyramus & Thisbe Society.