A Party Wall Award is, under section 10 of the Act, a mandatory requirement for parties that are considered under the Act to have fallen into a ‘dispute’. It is intended to be a form of ‘Dispute Resolution’, thus, a mechanism that includes precautionary measures and protections against disputes that have arisen, so that an adjoining owner remains protected, and a building owner may commence with their right to carry out any works under the Act.
The Award is usually compiled in three sections, these encompass; the Award itself contains a description of the permissible works; a Schedule of Conditions which usually contains a written report with accompanying photographic evidence of the pre-work condition of the properties that may be affected by the works, and; Drawings together with any additional information, i.e. Structural Calculations.
In Icon Surveyor’s experience, A Party Wall Award is often called for when consent is being sought from an adjoining owner for a proposed installation of a ‘Loft Extension’. This is because such works usually involve some form of inconvenience to an adjoining owner who wishes to be fully protected against both the inconvenience that is likely to be caused and any potential damage to the adjoining property that may arise due to the works being carried out.
The installation of a ‘Loft Extension’ can be more complex than initially envisaged. If you find yourself with unanswered questions, we are here to help!
Here at Icon Surveyors, we provide a 30-minute free consultation to any owners who may be affected by the Party Wall Act. We work throughout the UK specialising in all matters relating to the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996.