BUILDING SURVEYING

Ticking All The Boxes

Maidenhead Planning is a building surveying and architectural practice based in Maidenhead. Alongside our design services, we also offer the following building surveying services: 

Party Wall Agreements and Awards

When you are building onto a boundary line, building a new party wall or doing any work to a party wall, then a party wall agreement is required. Common projects that involve the Party Wall etc Act 1996 are:

  • Extensions to the back or front where you are building up to the boundary.
  • If building within 3 or 6 metres of another building and your foundations are likely to be LOWER than the existing building
  • Loft conversions where a ridge beam or floor beams are being installed to the party wall.

These are just a few examples but there are many more. Luckily there is legislation that covers this, namely the Party Wall etc Act, 1996. Which states that you must tell your neighbours if you want to carry out any building work near or on your shared property boundary, or 'party wall', in England and Wales. 

This is an ENABLING act, so it gives you the right to build to a party wall or do works to it if you follow the Act’s procedures. It also protects you and your neighbour against common law civil cases costing thousands to litigate.

Get in contact to see how we can help make use of this Act for your building project, or if your neighbour is building and you want to know where you stand in terms of the Act, we can help.

We can act as your agent serving notices to all relevant parties as well as act as the agreed surveyor or one of two surveyors if a dispute arises. Feel free to contact us to see if this affects you.

RICS Condition Surveys

RICS accredited condition surveys can be undertaken on any property in order to help ascertain its current state of repair, or highlight any potential problems that may arise. These reports can be produced for commercial or residential properties. Our surveyors have decades of experience in this field, so you should feel assured that your report will be thorough and to the point. Telling you exactly what you need to know in easy to understand language and format. 

Structural Surveys and Designs

If you are in doubt about the structural integrity of any building, or you wish to have a structural wall removed, or even just find our whether a wall is structural in the first place, then please get in touch. We have a fast turnaround from query through to site visit in order to help you along the way. Knowing early the structural implications of any planned works will help immensely with the design and avoid wasted time spent on designs that would push the project outside of your budget. 

SAP Calculations

SAP calculations are a Building Regulations requirement for all new houses & conversions and some extensions. The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is a measure of the energy efficiency of a property and must be carried out by an accredited company) We can undertake this for you, we merely ask for your set of drawings and we can undertake the SAP assessment and send the report out within 5-10 working days. If the assessment fails advice will be given in order to gain approval 

Approved Inspector Services

In order to gain a completion certificate for your build, the works need to be inspected by an approved inspector or a local authority building control officer. Maidenhead Planning can manage this process for you in order to gain the completion certificate through the use of approved inspectors. This offers an alternative to the local authority route. Contact us to see how we can help 

Client Representative and Project Management Services  

This service has been borne out of client’s requesting that we act as their representative in the build process. People are surprised by the amount of decisions that need to be made, the implications of those decisions as well as the time needed to manage the development. You may already have an architect, project manager and builder in place, and you may need someone to help you lessen the load and stand beside you guiding you through the process. As your representative we have no other vested interest except the success of the project. So if you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact us.

If you would like to know where to start then visit my recent blog here

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