Building near to a public sewer

Building near to a public sewer

Thursday 25th July 2019

Building near a public sewer
We at Tayross Associates often get that distressing phone call when a Building Owner gets into difficulties with their building works.

Recently we had a Building Owner in Ruislip who got into difficulties with foundations and building near to a public sewer which had to be diverted.

When the Building Owner gets into difficulties with these type of works it's difficult to know who to turn to; the builder, the engineer, the architect or the local authorities in this instance the main point of contact was the utility company.

We quickly identified that the main issue was the excavation adjacent to the public sewer and neighbours property where there was a risk that the clay pipework recently installed was not up to either building or utility company regulations and that it had not been properly installed, protected or supported.

We quickly responded and prepared a sketch and explanation of corrective procedures which enabled the building works to proceed without delay.

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.

If you are running into problems with your building works in London or the surrounding areas then please call us at our office on 0208 426 1448.