Party Wall Surveyor, Building Surveyor & Third Surveyor – Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB

London | Ramsgate | Broadstairs | Margate | Thanet

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

Please provide 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:


The non-invasive Building Survey will follow a disciplined iterative methodology and structural appraisal, including advice on loading and foundations to determine the structural serviceability and adequacy of property.  Survey will advise of all possible and probable defects and their causes some of which are contained in the menu below:

Basements are constructed from one of the following techniques:


The surrounding areas are either retained by:

  • Battering back
  • Contigious piling
  • Temporary works
Masonry construction:
  • A concrete floor slab is formed and concrete walls or block work are formed of the slab – Water barriers will need to be linked into the walls and floor. Drainage will need to be allowed for by a sump pump either internally or externally.


Cast in situ reinforced concrete
  • Contigious piles and reinforced concrete walls and slab – no external drainage can be allowed for therefore a secondary wall has to be built within the piles which includes water barrier, drainage and insulation.
Pre-cast reinforced concrete modular units:
  • Factory produced and the precast sections form a integral box with integral water barriers.


Steel Sheet Piling:

Steel sheets are often used as temporary supportive works, however they can be left in place


Contigious Piling:
  • Contiguous bored piles are drilled, reinforced and cast very close together which forms a perimeter wall to the basement. The basement is then excavated. The piles provide both lateral and foundation support.  The piles leave a rough surface which requires and internal wall with a drained cavity. 


Diaphragm Wall:
  • Diaphragm walls are constructed by excavating slots between guide walls before the main basement excavation. The slot is filled with a bentonite slurry to keep the slot open while the excavation is completed, the reinforcement, panel water resisting joints placed and the concrete poured to displace the bentonite. The diaphragm wall is cast in panels with water resisting joints so producing an essentially water resistant basement wall. The basement can then be excavated and the basement floor cast with water resisting joints. As for contiguous piles this method of construction is mainly used for deep basements (two or more floors) but could be effective in difficult ground or where party wall issues prevent traditional construction


  • Building Regulations require that the walls, floors and roof of the building shall adequately resist the passage of moisture to the inside of the building.


Sump Pump will have been used to remove ground water etc. – your legal team should ensure:

  • Designed by an engineer to meet the requirements of the build
  • Easily accessible
  • Required maintenance and service regime
  • Guarantees
  • Recommended service engineers

Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB | Party Wall Surveyor | Building Surveyor | Third Surveyor | Party Wall Surveyor Thanet

London | Ramsgate | Broadstairs | Margate | Thanet

 12 Forburg Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6HS

Chartered Building Consultant Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB
Sarah Vincent
Sarah Vincent
11:41 17 Feb 20
Mr. Spenser handled the matter of a party wall agreement concerning major building works at my property. From past... experience, the adjoining owners have not always been helpful. However Mr. Spenser was able to ensure that we reached agreement quickly and in a spirit of cooperation. He works in an extremely efficient and effective way. He has explained everything fully and clearly to me. Above all, he has provided a stress free and highly professional service. Highly more
Stuart Alexander
Stuart Alexander
18:36 09 Feb 20
Bruce’s commitment to detail and speedy response she has meant that he is my go to guy whenever I purchase a... property. I’ve used him twice now and each time found his report professional and extremely informative and useful. Would definitely use more
Rosie Wedderburn
Rosie Wedderburn
20:54 19 Jan 20
Bruce was exceptionally quick to respond to survey request and the survey was conducted speedily and extremely... thoroughly. Bruce organised access to the property via the estate agents (so I didn't have to send lots of chaser emails to either party). Definitely more
Mark Lazarus
Mark Lazarus
12:17 16 Jan 20
Detailed survey, organised efficiently. Very pleasant to talk to. Would recommend!
Kimmy's Hands
Kimmy's Hands
19:55 13 Jan 20
Prompt & professional service. Bruce went above and beyond what I had hoped for. I would recommend 100%
Rod Jones
Rod Jones
21:26 18 Dec 19
In August 2019 Bruce Spenser carried out a survey for me on a Victorian flat conversion, to a very high standard,... saving me from a potential bad purchase. He is highly professional and his vast experience is clear. Highly recommended. Subsequently I used Bruce to survey an alternative property in Dec 2019. Again his expertise did not disappoint and this time will result in a successful purchase subject to negotiations etc. Highly more
Felipe Castrillon
Felipe Castrillon
12:32 28 Nov 19
Helpful advice answer my questions out of hours and responded very promptly
Samuel Myer
Samuel Myer
10:21 02 Oct 19
Bruce was recommended to me via my brother after he provided excellent party wall service when he had a dispute with... his neighbour and the council. Very happy with the service he provided. He is a fair and just person operating in what can be a very confusing and ultimately exploitative part of the more
Tom Neff
Tom Neff
17:09 20 Sep 19
I’ve met a few true craftsmen in my time, and I can say with confidence that Bruce is one of them. In less than week... of calling him to see if he was available, he had performed a comprehensive survey of a property with a tight time constraint I had put an offer on, sent me a full report, then called me to discuss his findings. Thorough, professional, timely. I can’t recommend him enough. I will be using his services again in the more
Carlo Giovine
Carlo Giovine
09:10 18 Apr 19
Bruce's home survey was excellent, thorough and prompt. Albeit he is roughly 50% more expensive than other surveyors,... his review has been tremendously valuable to us and helped us to potentially save tens of thousands of pounds of works that we would incurred into after home purchase. He discussed his survey in details, provided advice on the overall negotiation process and offered to further review additional documents to ensure our purchase is sound. We feel Bruce has been our partner in this process as opposed to a transactional advisor, simply completing his more
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