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:

The periodic table is composed of groups (the columns) which equate to the free electrons in the outer shell of elements – 1 on the left and 8 on the right.  It is also composed of periods (rows).  The elements closes to the left and the right (except for column 8 – the Noble Gasses) and closest to the top are the most reactive because they most easily gain a full outer shell by forming compounds which are elements which join together by sharing, receiving or giving up electrons;  Ionically is giving up or receiving which leaves charged particles or covalently is sharing electrons. 

The left most elements are metals and right most elements are non metals. 

The elements closest to the top of the table are the most abundant. 

The most reactive elements exist as compounds. 

The elements to the left of the periodic table are acidic, to the right and alkaline and to the middle are basis (neutral). 

The metals and hydrogen form positive ions (and are named as per the atom) 

The non-metals form negative ions (and are suffixed with “ide”) 

The ones in the middle called the transition metals form 

When a negative ion and a positive ion form a compound for example: 

·         Lithium Fluoride – LIF

·         Sodium Sulphide – Na2S

·         Sodium Chloride – NaCl

·         Potassium Fluoride – PF

·         Magnesium Oxide – MgO

·         Magnesium Chloride – MgCl2

·         Alluminium Oxide – Al2O3 

A ionic compound is formed.  The ionic compounds above have swapped an equal number of electrons and they are therefore neutral – they have no charge 

There are also compound ions: 

·         Ammonium –  NH4+

·         Sulphate –  SO42-

·         Hydroxide  – OH

·         Carbonate   CO32-

·         Nitrate  – NO3

·         Hydrogen Carbonte  – HCO3 

The compound ions above have a positive or negative charge and react to form compounds  

·          Sodium Carbonate – Na2CO3

·         Calcium Nitrate – Ca(NO3)2 

Compounds decompose by  

·         Heat  – CaCO3  + Heat = CaO + CO2

·         Light – 2AgCl  + Light = 2Ag + Cl2

·         Electrolysis  – 2LiCl + electricity = 2Ag + Cl2

·         Fermentation – Grapes + Yeast = Wine, CO2 – Too much equals a hangover, Much too much leads to unhappiness

·         Cracking – Industrial break down 

The common acids (they all contain Hydrogen Ions and are all dissolved in Water): 

·          Sulphuric Acid – H2SO4

·          Nitric Acid – HNO3

·         Ehtanoic Acid – CH3COOH

·         Hydrochloric Acid – HCl 

HCl in water = H+ and Cl–  the more H ions the more acid the solution

The common Alkalis: 

·         Sodium Hydroxide  – NaOH

·         Potassium Hydroxide – KOH

·         Calcium Hydroxide – Ca (OH)2

·         Ammonia – NH3 

Neutral Substances (Basis) 

·         Water 

Acids usually react with metals (from the left of the periodic table)  and form a salt and hydrogen: 

·         Magnsium + Sulphuric Acid = Magnesium Sulphate and Hydrogen

Mg + H2SO4 = MgSO4 + H2 

The salts of the acids are called:

·         Sulphuric acid = Sulphates

·         Hydrochloric Acid = Chlorides

·         Nitric Acid = Nitrates 

The Alkalis – They all contain Hydroxide Ions OH– 

·         Sodium Hydroxide – NaOH

Na + H2O = NH4+ and OH

The more Hydroxide Ions the more alkali 

Alkalis react with acids to form  a salt and water

 This is where the salts come from

Stone Deterioration – Stone will deteriorate by Acid Attack

·         CO2 in air when dissolved in rain water forms a weak acid solution,

·         Sulphur dioxide SO2 formed when sulphur is burned in the air mixes easily with rain water and forms Sulphurous acid H2SO3

·         NitogenOxides from car exhaust and power stations are other culprits

 – therefore it is essential that all stone work is regularly maintained and protected against these attacks.

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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