London’s Leading Party Wall Surveyor, Building Surveyor & Third Surveyor – Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB

bruce@buildingsurveyor.london

Bruce, uniquely, provides the combined Building, Structural and home survey which he has evolved as the optimum and ideal Survey for London 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:

bruce@buildingsurveyor.london

07927123469

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:

The traditional approach to the structural design of a multi-storey building is to lay out a grid of columns and beams, then add the floors, and the finally add a series of non-load bearing walls to clad the structure, encase stair wells and lift shafts, sub-divide the internal space, and to provide fire breaks, etc.  Very often the walls are of brickwork and of sufficient thickness to carry the structural loads. 

The above form of construction can be hybridised by utilising load bearing cross walls to take some or all of the load.(cross wall construction is notable).  The cross walls become load bearing and they themselves would be laid out within the grid.  The cross walls would be typically 215 thick to carry the loads and gable and external walls would be 265 cavity – 102.5 being used for acoustic and fire resistance.  The external, corridor walls and staircases provide longitudinal stability. 

In medium to low rise blocks (6 stories and less) cross structural walls of 102.5 may be used with party walls of 215.  The walls within the kitchen are a maximum of 79mm and a minimum of 44mm thick which includes plaster on both sides.  Floors are nearly always in-situ concrete construction (timber floors are sometimes used if building regs permit)

Stability – overcoming the imposed forces of dead and superimposed loads and wind.  The floors, some cross walls, traverse walls, shear walls and partition walls give the structure stability.  These walls should be continuous.  The higher and the less sheltered the structure the more the effect of stability needs to be considered – the flat is on the first floor of a 5 story structure within inner London.


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

 12 Forburg Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6HS

Chartered Building Consultant Bruce Spenser MSc MCIOB
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 recommend.read 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 recommended.read 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 law.read 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 future.read 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 assignment.read more
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