Our team of surveyors are passionate about inspecting properties in Hampstead Garden Suburb whether it be as part of a pre-purchase survey, to establish a property’s value or to prepare a schedule of condition prior to works commencing next door.
If you are planning a building project in Hampstead Garden Suburb you’ve probably started thinking about party wall procedures. The first step is to establish whether the works fall within the scope of the Act – if you’d like us to do that for you, free of charge, just send us copies of the drawings and we’ll normally come back to you within 24 hours. If you’re on the other side of the wall, we can also assist if you’ve decided that you need to appoint a surveyor or just need some initial advice without obligation.
Earlier this year, our senior surveyor William Weaver handled party wall matters relating to a pair of semi-detached houses built as part of the original Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Any development in an area like this is a very sensitive issue both for the owners concerned and the wider public. The Architect served the original notices and the adjoining owners appointed William as their surveyor. After some discussion with the owners, during which William explained the workings of the Party Wall Act and his role, it was agreed that he would act as the agreed surveyor.
The works were a loft conversion, small rear extension and removal of chimney breasts internally. Using an agreed surveyor in a relatively minor case such as this is commonplace, it more than halves the costs for the building owner and speeds matters up. The whole process from instruction to service of award took 13 working days for a pre agreed fixed price. Building works commenced on time and have proceeded smoothly and amicably since.
We were approached by a building owner in the East Finchley area wanting to add a single storey side and rear extension to their property. As part of the works, they planned to construct a new wall up to the boundary line but remaining wholly on their own land.
In this scenario, we recommend that the building owner approach their neighbour to have an initial discussion and show them what they intend to construct. This initial informal approach ensures that they do not become aware of the proposals by receiving a notice in the post.
The pitch having been rolled, we formally notified the adjoining owners of the aspects of the work falling within the Party Wall Act. As the neighbours had already been made aware of the planned works and a well-established surveying practice had sent them formal notices, they were more than happy to consent provided that a schedule of condition was prepared before any construction work started.
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Hampstead Garden Suburb is in the London Borough of Barnet and bridges the postcodes NW11 and N2. There is a fairly clear dividing line in the area between the original housing, constructed around 1907 and the N2 side of the Suburb which began to expand later in the twentieth century and is primarily made up of purpose built blocks of flats.
The original housing in the suburb is now within a conservation area and is run by a trust that imposes strict regulations on the appearance of the properties. The Central Square in the Suburb was laid out by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. It contains two large churches, St. Jude’s Church and The Free Church, and a Quaker Meeting House. East Finchley Underground Station on zone 3 of the Northern Line is situated to the east of The Suburb.
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