Party Wall Surveyor London, Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB, is an expert Party Wall Surveyor who practices in his local London boroughs of Hackney, Walthamstow, Haringey, Islington and throughout London.

Building Surveyor Bruce, uniquely, provides the combined Building Survey, Structural Survey and Home Survey which he has evolved  as the optimum and ideal Building Survey for London properties; period, mid-war, non traditional design, new build, cavity, solid, modern methods of construction etc.

Please use the form below & provide a brief description of the Party Wall Service you require or for a Building Survey the full address & post code of the property to be surveyed, its asking price and a photo of the front elevation (estate agent’s link) for a fully comprehensive offer of professional services or email or call Bruce:

bruce@partywallsurveyor.london

bruce@buildingsurveyor.london

07927123469

Adequacy of Property

Structural Surveyors determine the adequacy of a property by surveying their: Stability Strength Robustness Ductility Geometric permanence Stiffness Dynamic Response Resistance to fire and other

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Cracks

Cracks in Buildings are caused by: Thermal expansion Moisture expansion Chemical expansion Subsidence and heave  Adjacent Excavations Mining Foundation movementTimber rot within the supporting structureRemoving structural supportDrains Vegetation growth Inadequate Design  

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Efflorescence

Efflorescence is caused by salts within a material rising to the surface because of damp and capileration and being left on the surface because of evaporation

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Electrical Survey

Electrical Survey – Prior to use a NICEIC registered engineer should be commissioned to provide an electrical condition report which will advise of anything that veers

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Fe = Iron

FE = Iron Rust – iron + water + oxygen    →    hydrated iron(III) oxide = FE3+ When FErrous come into contact with oxygen and water

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Functions of Elements

Functions of Elements: Strength, Stability, Weather tightness, Thermal, Sound, Durability and Maintenance, Fire, Habitability, sustainability, hygiene

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Gas Testing

It would be unprofessional for me to test the gas installation and boiler as I am not certified as per regulatory requirements – however you

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Inadequate Party Wall Surveyor

If a complex situation arises, for example defining a dispute with no case law history, a wrongly informed decision could cause major financial, stress and time difficulties to appointing owners. Two experienced Chartered Construction Professionals with subject degrees can be relied upon to advise and determine ethically, experientially, fairly, impartially and knowledgeably and the advice and determinations are backed up by their professional complaints procedure and their professional indemnity insurance. However if one surveyor is inadequately qualified the other surveyor can not rely upon their judgement or ability. Once a dispute arises that is not a problem as long as the third surveyor is a Chartered Construction Professional. However the problem arises when determining if a dispute has arisen and whether the surveyors have jurisdiction. In this scenario Bruce would advise Surveyors not to rely on an inadequately qualified surveyor but insist that appropriate notices are served. This is vital as the owners will be considered to have carried out due diligence and therefore will be responsible for costs and fees which arise from example court action.

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Insurance v Escrow for Security for Expenses

A surety bond or surety is a promise by a surety or guarantor to pay one party (the obligee) a certain amount if a second party (the principal) fails to meet some obligation, such as fulfilling the terms of a contract. The surety bond protects the obligee against losses resulting from the principal’s failure to meet the obligation.’

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Non Traditional Design

The Historical Problems of Pre-Fabricated Building – Steel, Concrete and Timber Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB Contents During the mid-war period the government encouraged housing boom

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Party Wall Award

Party Wall Award – The Party Wall Award is a legal document will be drawn up and agreed by the two Surveyors or the agreed surveyor or any two of them (this includes the third surveyor) which will determine how the works will be carried out.

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Party Wall Case Law

The Party Wall Act came into being in 1996; however it stands on the shoulders of over a hundred years of Party Wall case law and statute. Case law is the interpretation of statute by reference to precedent.

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Party Wall Checking Engineer

hecking Engineer – Currently Party Wall Surveyors are appointing members of the Institute of Structural Engineers to advise them because they consider the works are too complex to understand, they are not adequately insured, they are not qualified; in other words two professionals are being used – the question then arises would one of these professionals suffice and if so why are two being used?

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Party Wall Injunctions

Injunctions – If works are started which should have been the subject of a party wall notice the adjoining owner may consider an injunction whilst the Building Owner correctly serves notices.

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Party Wall Rights of Entry

a surveyor appointed under section 10 of the Act has the opportunity and the right to enter upon the premises of both the building owner and the adjoining owner “for the purposes of carrying out the object for which he is appointed or selected” – it is argued that this only applies to the surveyor appointed by the person carrying out the works. It is further argued that the person carrying out the works is the Building Owner. These arguments are both incorrect

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Party Wall Schedule of Conditions

Schedule of Conditions – Each adjoining Owner’s buildings should be surveyed and a professional and thorough schedule of conditions should be produced. This ensures that there is a record of the Adjoining Owner’s properties before the works affecting the Party Walls proceed

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Party Wall Security for Expenses

Kay v Lawrence – security for expenses – expenses are not compensatory damages whereby the Building Owner must put an adjoining owner in a position they would have been before the damage occured but a choice to take financial compensation – If the expense is a certainty it can be managed by insurances, and surety bonds or of course by a payment into an escrow account. However if it is not certain it may not exist.

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Party Wall Surveyor Misrepresenation

Misrepresentation is inducing a consumer to enter into a contract by making a statement of fact (not opinion) before a contract is made. There are 3 types, Fraudulent, Negligent and Innocent and the remedies are cancelation of the contract and damages.

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Party Wall Surveyor Negligence

Negligence is failing to meet the degree of prudence and caution required of an individual who is under a duty of care (the obvious comparable benchmark is a surveyor registered within the Faculty of Architecture and Surveying of the CIOB or other Chartered Institutes)

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Party Wall Surveyor recovery of fees

How should a Party Wall Surveyor, go about recovering validly awarded fees which have not been paid? I would expect the MScs amongst us to reach for Dunn’s law guides, Civil Litigation, Be Civil and expend a considerable number of hours working out how best to proceed. However there is a better way – Go to Nick Isaac’s – http://www.boundariesbook.co.uk/?product=diy-guide-to-enforcing-payments-due-under-party-wall-awards – Nick also includes a pre-protocol letter which will professionally and non-antagonistically encourage the payment of fees. You can also download a pre-action protocol for debt claims which include the Information sheet and reply form and Financial statement on application to Bruce

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Party Wall Suveyor Qualifications

Post Nominal Suffixes – The Privy council regulates Royal Charters for Professional Institutes who can confer Professional memberships designated by suffixes i.e. MCIOB.. These memberships are academically benchmarked to a degree/honour degree and in the case of a Fellow equate to an honour/Master degree.

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Party Wall Third Surveyor

Third Surveyor – If two surveyors are appointed they must agree a third surveyor who can then be called upon to independently settle the dispute or settle the dispute with either of the two surveyors.

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Party Wall Third Suveyor

Third Surveyor – If two surveyors are appointed they must agree a third surveyor who can then be called upon to independently settle the dispute or settle the dispute with either of the two surveyors.

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Phlogiston

1666 – Becher proposes that things are made to burn by a fire element 1703 Stahl names it phlogiston 1754 Black describes fixed air (CO2

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Pigeons

are a very serious health hazard and they will infest lofts – they cause histoplasmosis, cryptococcus and pisttacosis

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Raising a Party Wall Downwards

It is illiterate to state, “a Party Wall (or indeed any other wall) can be raised downwards”, and therefore it follows, non-sensical, absurd, counter-intuitive, irrational, un-educated and oxy-moronic which is why of course the Party Wall Act does not allow something which is not possible.

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Salts

The periodic table is composed of groups (the columns) which equate to the free electrons in the outer shell of elements – 1 on the

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Smokey Fires

Stromness 13 Feb 2016 – The question of the smokey fire Safety First – fire = heat, fuel (carbon) and oxygen (o2).  When these 3 are

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Structural Appraisal

Following the survey determinations are required as follows: Was the original design and construction adequate and if not how has the strength, stiffness and robustness

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Sulphate attack

Sulphate attack to a Chimney Stack The flue’s inner coating has broken down; Condensation builds up within the flue and migrates into the external mortar between

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The Ben act and the Party Wall Award

The Ben act & Case no: [2019] EWHC 1240 (Admin)* – are there any similarities?: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2019/26/enacted/data.htm by the use of 2 Conditional hypotheses ( Section 1 and 2) attempts to fix the entire situation, in law, in the state of the parties’/party’s (Benn and his remain supporters) expectation at the time of reference as did the appealed (and set aside) Party Wall Award; Obiter “For better or worse, the award cannot, properly be made to fix the entire situation”.

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The First Party Wall Surveyors

he 1666 act for the re-building of London was the first Party Wall Act and determined how Party Walls and Piers should be built. It specifically required Party Wall surveyors to take an oath to carry out their duties as required by the authorities and that they be, “discreet and intelligent in the art of Building and to survey and supervise regulations and statutes and to be lawful”

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Tides and Storms

Tides and Storms – Stromness –  9 Feb 2016 – Tide height 3.9m (by tide table), pressure from BBC weather 973mb, all measurements taken on pier adjacent

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Why Posts and Blogs?

A Chartered Professional Party Wall Surveyor and Building Surveyor has a practice relevant degree and is a member of a Chartered institute but it doesn’t end there, indeed that is just the beginning; A professional is not only required by their Institute but should be so trained and disciplined to constantly reflect on the services they offer and to reflect and study on anything which they can not take in their stride until they can: and what better way to do this than to share these reflections via posts and blogs with fellow professionals, students and clients and potential clients via a feedback blog:

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