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Neighbour Building Extensions In Hackney

Have the reassurance of a Hackney based local Neighbour Building Extensions for on hand advice.

  • We provide fixed fees with no hidden costs;

  • Unlimited advice & support during the party wall award making proces

  • No high hourly rate if any issues arises ;

  • Full party wall award service, fixed with no hidden charges from £599 all inclusive

  • Express service available


We cover Hackney

EC1, EC2, E1, E2, E5, E8, E9, E10, E15, N1, N4, N5, and N16.

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East & North London based, we are generally never more than a 20 min cycle from your project.

We provide Neighbour Building Extensions services for both residential and commercial projects and properties throughout Hackney 

Common types of works that affected by the Party Wall Act. 


  • Extensions

  • Loft conversions

  • Chimney removal

  • Basements

  • Works to boundary walls

  • Any excavations within 3m of your neighbours property

  • Any construction along boundary line

Find out more about the Party Wall Act and process here.

In the vibrant borough of Hackney, where the architectural landscape is ever-evolving, the process of building extensions can be both exciting and challenging. One crucial aspect that often comes into play is the Party Wall Act, a legal framework designed to manage potential disputes between property owners. In this Express Party Wall Surveyor blog, we delve into the intricacies of neighbour building extensions in Hackney and how understanding the Party Wall Act is essential for smooth construction processes.


Understanding the Party Wall Act

The Party Wall Act 1996 is a pivotal piece of legislation that governs building works that could affect shared walls, structures, or boundaries between properties. Its primary purpose is to prevent and resolve disputes by establishing a clear framework for communication between neighbors. In the context of building extensions in Hackney, this act becomes particularly relevant as it aims to strike a balance between the property owner's right to extend and the neighbor's right to protect their property.


Express Party Wall Surveyor's Role

When contemplating a building extension in Hackney, it's crucial to enlist the services of a qualified Party Wall surveyor. The role of an Express Party Wall Surveyor is to act as an impartial third party, ensuring that the rights and responsibilities of both parties are respected throughout the construction process. They play a vital role in facilitating communication, issuing party wall notices, and preparing party wall agreements.


Navigating the Hackney Planning Process

Hackney, known for its diverse and eclectic architecture, has specific planning regulations that property owners must navigate when extending their homes. Express Party Wall Surveyors provide valuable insights into the local planning requirements, helping property owners obtain the necessary permissions and ensuring that their extension complies with the borough's regulations.


Open Communication with Neighbors

Effective communication with neighbors is a cornerstone of successful building projects in Hackney. Express Party Wall Surveyors emphasize the importance of open dialogue from the outset, encouraging property owners to discuss their plans with neighbors and address any concerns they may have. This proactive approach can prevent misunderstandings and potential disputes, fostering a more amicable neighborhood atmosphere.


Party Wall Notices: The First Step

Before initiating any construction work, property owners in Hackney must serve their neighbors with a formal party wall notice. Express Party Wall Surveyors guide property owners through this crucial step, ensuring that the notice is comprehensive and meets all legal requirements. This early communication helps establish a cooperative atmosphere and sets the tone for a smoother construction process.


Party Wall Awards: Clarifying Responsibilities

Once party wall notices have been served and any concerns addressed, the next step involves the creation of a Party Wall Award. This legally binding document outlines the rights and responsibilities of both parties during the construction process. Express Party Wall Surveyors play a pivotal role in drafting these awards, ensuring that they provide clear guidelines and safeguards for all parties involved.


Mitigating Disputes and Resolving Conflicts


Despite meticulous planning, disputes may still arise during the construction process. Express Party Wall Surveyors are adept at mitigating conflicts, utilizing their expertise to find fair and practical solutions that protect the interests of both parties. By acting as mediators, they help maintain positive relationships between neighbors and ensure the project continues smoothly.


Building extensions in Hackney can be a rewarding experience with the right approach and guidance. Express Party Wall Surveyors serve as invaluable partners, navigating the complexities of the Party Wall Act and local planning regulations. Through open communication, adherence to legal processes, and proactive conflict resolution, property owners can embark on their construction journey with confidence, creating a harmonious neighborhood in the process.

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The following fees are indicative for a small project [rear extension], as Building Owner Surveyor. All fees are subject to a formal fee quote. 


Preparation of Notices


The first step is to notify neighbours of the works and their rights under the Party Wall Act. This is a legal obligation and fulfilled by serving notices that allow the neighbour the option of either agreeing for the works to proceed without a full Party Wall Award, or to have an Award drawn up.  

In event it is agreed that no Party Wall Award is required, it can still be beneficial to produce a Schedule of Condition.


The Party Wall Award


Having served the notices, where the neighbour, or both parties prefer to have a Party Wall Award drawn up, the Party Wall Act terms this a 'dispute'.

In practice it doesn't necessarily mean a disagreement, just that both parties want to protect their property and rights by recording the nature of the works to avoid future disagreement, litigation and costs. This is done by creating a Party Wall Award.  


Acting as 'Agreed Surveyor'

Included within award price.

The Party Wall Act allows the neighbour to the works to have their own surveyor appointed and paid for by the building owner. 

This is where costs can rise significantly. On simple projects, if we can get agreement of the neighbour, we will act for both parties as Agreed Surveyor, saving substantial costs.


Schedule of Condition


Even where no formal Award is created, it is highly advisable to record the condition of the affected area of the neighbour's property at the outset, thereby protecting both parties interests. 

This can also be requested by the adjoining neighbour.

Anchor 1
  • Review of plans to identify required notices.

  • Legal searches to identify legal 'neighbours' [freeholders, leaseholders, tenants]

  • Contact with neighbours, completion and serving of the required notices. 

  • Act as Building Owner Surveyor

  • Drafting and serving of the Party Wall Award.

  • Providing 'Ten Day Notices' in event neighbour does not respond. 

  • Making required appointments on behalf of the building owner. 

  • Conduct site visit and inspection of neighbouring property affected areas. 

  • Visual and photographic inspection in production of schedule. 

  • Follow up inspection at completion of the works

* Fee excludes VAT. All prices are subject to formal quotation. 

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EPW Associates,
3rd Floor, 86-90 Paul Street,
London EC2A 4NE.

020 3633 0823

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