Introduction – Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team
Basement excavations are becoming increasingly popular, according to our Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team. Living spaces are generally becoming smaller. People are today taking advantage of basements. Excavations are now very common. This provides additional living space, also possibly increasing house values. More innovative ideas are being used for basements. This is to get the best out of the space.
If you are thinking of undertaking basement works, please contact our Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team. We can provide all the help you need with this matter.
Basements and The Party Wall Act
Concern is growing around the structural stability of properties when basement works are being carried out. Some basement works can be quite grand. There has also been concern about how this is having an effect on underground streams and ground water. Interestingly, the Local Authority Town Planning policy is changing. This is as a result of those growing concerns. Our Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team are here to chat to regarding these matters.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 is not designed to hold you back from doing these works. It is there to facilitate you with this process. The Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team at Prinsegate can help you understand these matters.
Party Wall Notices
Section 6 of the Party Wall etc. Act (Notice of Adjacent Excavation) is the most common used. The statutory notice period for this work is 1 month.
Section 2 of the Act deals with properties that are semi-detached or terraced. This is for a Party Structure Notice. This has a statutory notice period of 2 months.
Section 1 (Line of Junction Notice) of the Act deals with extensions going beyond the footprint of the original property. This has a statutory notice period of 1 month.
When establishing which notices to serve, it becomes complex. Just from the above, you can see how complex this can be. It is imperative to get the right information. The Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team can explain all of this to you.
Special foundations are defined in Section 20 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. In basements works, this usually means a reinforced concrete foundation. Generally, reinforced with metal rods. Special means that reinforcement is used. This often creates complex foundations. These rely on integrity for strength.
Please click the link below if you would like more information on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This is a short booklet from the government to help you understand the process.
What Other Problems are Encountered?
When excavation works are being undertaken, there are a number of problems that can be encountered. Apart from structural problems, other issues can be encountered.
Do you live on a small street? If so, parking and traffic could be a problem. Lorries/tow trucks etc would need to dispose of the soil. There could be issues with Intolerable noise pollution. Increased dirt and dust is guaranteed. Even if the companies carrying out the works are considerate, issues can still arise. Most engineers work at weekends. Skips might be regularly dropped off and picked up.
If you live near a school for example, this could cause considerable problems. This could also disrupt your enjoyment at these times. There has been mention even that people have not been able to stay in their property during the day. The noise and drilling has become too much for them.
More serious problems can sometimes arise. Damage to property does happen. We can not possibly write down all the problems that can be encountered. With all these things in mind, you can see why it is important to contact our Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team. We have extensive expertise and experience in these matters. See our website: www.prinsegate.com
Basement extensions/excavations carry some problems. There is a risk of damage to adjoining properties. In some cases, minor damage is inevitable. The building owner has a duty to make good all damage.
Say you are the adjoining neighbour and notice some cracking. You aren’t sure whether this is from the works being carried out. It is the Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team’s role to determine whether the damage is a result of the basement works. It could be just settlement or shrinkage.
For higher risk works, a programme of monitoring can be set up. This will track whether there is movement happening. This is one of the things that the Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team can discuss with you.
As with all party wall matters, it is imperative to receive the correct information The Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team have the expertise required. Please contact us for more information.
Basements excavations can take a long time. Generally, they can take anything up to 18 months for larger works. Time scales will vary. Check this out with the Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team if you are involved in basement works.
As living spaces become smaller, basements are being used more frequently. Additional living accommodation is a precious commodity to have. I could have written so much more with regards to this matter. Basement works are complex issues. There are various rules and regulations that need to be adhered to.
Please contact the Party Wall Surveyor Surrey Team: www.prinsegate.com
We can provide you all the information you need for this matter and all other matters regarding the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. It is very important that you get a Party wall Surveyors help with notices and understanding of these matters.
Don’t worry if this seems overwhelming. Help is at hand in various forms.
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