Party Wall Surveys & Services In Calne

December 8, 2020
Party Wall Surveys & Services In Calne


For over 20 years, have been trusted as renowned Party Wall specialists to deliver projects and secure people's homes in Calne.


The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 covers three categories of work: changes to party structures (walls or floors), erecting new walls at the boundary, and excavation near adjoining residential homes.

The Act is most likely to cover the following jobs:

  • Loft conversion reduces light beams into a party wall
  • Eliminating party-wall smokeshaft breasts
  • Within 3m of a shared or contiguous structure, digging for a new expansion's foundation.
  • Basement extension requires underpinning a party wall.

Where a job falls under the Act, a building owner must serve notice and get the damaged adjacent owner's approval; if that approval is not forthcoming, the events are considered to be 'in dispute' under the Act and surveyors must be selected to settle the dispute using a Party Wall Arrangement (technically called a 'Award').

If the two selected surveyors can't agree on a dispute, they can refer to a Third Property surveyor.

At Party Wall Solutions in Calne, we have 12 trained surveyors, assistants, and supervisors to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Our network of Calne offices covers the entire internal M25 area, so if you're planning a job that falls under the Act or have received a notice of suggested works that may affect your property, please call us for help.

Party Wall Surveys & Services In Calne

Party Wall Solutions Party Wall Surveys are conducted by RICS-registered surveyors and are impartial and neutral.
A Party Wall divides two properties whose owners share responsibility for it. Our Party Wall Surveyors can propose solutions for a variety of building issues.

What Is A Party Wall Survey?

Under the Party Wall Act of 1996, a Party Wall Surveyor is hired to help prepare and maintain a Party Wall Award or Agreement for residential or commercial properties sharing a Party Wall.

Party Wall Solutions Surveyors in Calne, acting on behalf of the Structure Owner or the Adjacent Proprietor, analyse the Party Wall's nature and placement in relation to both properties and can make neutral ideas for either party regarding architectural alterations or repairs needed.


Our Party Wall Surveyors can help if you plan to:

  • New wall between 2 homes
  • Cutting into a Party Wall (as an example, removal of a smokeshaft breast or insertion of a steel supporting beam).
  • Tearing down or reconstructing an existing Party Wall.
  • Tearing down or reconstructing a boundary wall under a Line of Joint Notice.
  • Excavations within 3-6 metres of a neighbouring residential or commercial property's structures.

Party Wall Notices must be offered for any work being performed in connection to a Party Wall.

Why Should You Select Party Wall Solutions As Your Party Wall Surveyors?

As independent RICS Surveyors, we handle Party Wall issues of various complexity for building owners and adjoining owners.

As the building owner, we recommend establishing a good, open relationship with your neighbour to discuss building plans before serving Party Wall Notices.

We are Experienced Party Wall Surveyors and Building Surveyors

Who We Are

We're experienced party wall and building surveyors.
With offices in North Calne, Central Calne, and Surrey, we have Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Building, Registered Valuers, and Accredited Mediators.

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What We Do

Our Surveyors are experts in Party Wall Agreements, Property Valuations, Pre-purchase Surveys, Residential Or Commercial Property Dispute Mediation, and Boundary Disputes. We can help with evaluating issues.

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How We Do It

Our Process Our Chartered Surveyors and Building Surveyors are professionals in Party Wall Surveying and Residential Surveying. With our industry-first client website, you'll be updated throughout Evaluating.

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Do I require a party wall arrangement?

When do you need a party wall notice or agreement? Our guide includes all the answers you need to get building permits. How to find a party wall surveyor if needed.

Is a party wall agreement required?

  • A party wall is the common wall between two terraced or semi-detached homes.
  • It has garden walls and excavations near a neighbour's home (within 3 or 6 meters, depending upon the depth of the new foundations).
  • In the home, Party Wall Agreements are needed for loft conversions, installing damp-proof courses, and excavating new foundations (as would be needed in developing an expansion).

Obtaining authorization for party wall structure works.

  • Before installing a party wall, the home owner needs a written agreement from all affected neighbours (Adjacent Owners).
  • Or a party wall surveyor must be hired (the agreed paper laying out how the works must advance). Find local Party Wall Surveyors with our free service.
  • To begin, the homeowner must provide their neighbours a written Party Wall Notice about the planned party wall functions.

Offering a party wall notice.

Using standard forms or a party wall surveyor, serving notice is free. Usually, a neighbor-appreciation note is provided.

A homeowner must give 2 months' notice for structure improvements affecting a party wall or boundary, or 1 month for excavations.

When a Party Wall notice is served, the homeowner has up to a year to begin work.

Gaining assent.

A neighbour has 14 days to react to a notice, after which there are 3 outcomes:

i) The neighbour writes consent that the homeowner will fix problems.

  • In basic instances, no party wall surveyor or award is needed.
  • The owner must take dated photos of the party wall and have written documentation of any splits, with copies for both.
  • Or a surveyor could examine and produce a problem schedule to reduce future disputes. Before the job begins, do this.

ii) If the neighbour disagrees (or does not answer within 14 days, they are deemed to disagree), a Party Wall Honor is required.

Both homeowner and neighbour can select ONE Agreed Surveyor within ten days to serve impartially for both.
The agreed-upon surveyor must be independent and NOT the same as the homeowner's. Otherwise, their neighbour won't see the surveyor neutrally.
The Agreed Surveyor generates a "Honor" with suggested jobs, a timetable of issues, and photos of the neighbor's home.
A party wall award and surveyor costs about 1,000.
Some designers can also survey.

iii) Each owner appoints a surveyor. The homeowner must pay for both their surveyor and their neighbour's.

All of the neighbour's options must be listed in the notice.

Keeping good relationships with your neighbours.

  • Have a nice talk with your neighbour before posting a Party Wall sign.
  • Tea fosters goodwill and calms worries. Show sketches and outline planned works. Formal notice will be sent later.
  • Your neighbour may seek your surveyor's and/or structural firm's contact information for extra information and piece of mind.

Common blunders.

  • i) not providing sufficient notice.
  • ii)Not telling neighbours. This includes the freeholder and anyone with a longer-than-a-year lease. Depending on the work, your terraced house neighbours may be affected. A homeowner near flats may need to serve notice on multiple people. Check property ownership with Land Computer.
  • iii) Not defining the work enough or providing enough details. Notifications about excavations must include structural details.
  • iv) not using the requirement or erroneous notice. Foundation excavation notices differ from party wall notices.
    One construction project may require many notices for each neighbour.


  • 2 months and 1 day later, if the party wall honour is decided, construction can commence.
  • One year later, construction must begin.

Party walls and also building work

Reaching a contract with your neighbours

When you've given notice your neighbour can:

  • offer authorization in composing
  • Refuse approval to start the dispute resolution procedure
  • Serve a counter notice asking additional work (they'll have to pay for it).

Your neighbour must respond to your notice within 2 weeks, and you must do the same with any counter notice. First notice must be countered within a month.

The notice must be answered. You can't assume silence indicates approval.

If they don't react within the given time, the dispute resolution process will begin.

That spends for the job.

You must pay for party wall construction.

Your neighbour may have to pay for repairs due to faults or lack of maintenance. They must pay for extra effort that will benefit them.

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