Basement in Harrow
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS
At Tayross Associates were recently asked to provide party wall services for a basement construction in central Harrow.
We are now finding that more and more people in the Harrow area are planning on building subterranean rooms which can prove very difficult for adjoining owners and it's very important that these adjoining owners are properly considered and protected.
Adjoining Owners will be served notice by the person/Building Owner carrying out the works under the Party Wall etce. Act 1996 under Section 6.
The Adjoining Owners are entitled to the following at the building owners expense: -
1. Their own Surveyor to agree a party wall award in conjunction with the Building Owners Surveyor.
2. Their own independent advising engineer to advise on the suitability and implications of the design on the property and any issues that this may cause to the Adjoining Owners property.
3. Security of expenses i.e. money to be held in an ESCROW account should there be a need for any emergency works to be carried out or temporary works as a result of the Building Owners works stopping at a stage where support is required to the Adjoining Owners property.
4. Detailed temporary works and method statement outlining the sequence and description of works in the construction process of the basement will be required.
These are just a few of the items that are likely to be required of the Building Owner in connection with agreeing any award related to basement works.
This article was written by Carl O'Boyle BSc MRICS FCIOB MFPWS. Carl is a full professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building for which he currently sits on the CIOB professional conduct committee and adjudications panel.
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