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Loft conversions can vary in their structure. In many cases, however, steelwork spans onto a party wall and, because it will be necessary to cut a pocket in the wall and to place a load upon the wall, a Party Structure Notice will be necessary.
The Act allows adjacent excavation and underpinning and these will facilitate the construction of a basement. In such a case, it is usual for party wall surveyors to require significant structural and construction details and also usual for them to have these verified by structural engineers.
The Act does provide a right to enclose upon a party wall. In a situation where a neighbour’s wall is constructed up to and on the boundary line, this is not a party wall and, in that circumstance, there is no right to enclose upon the wall. Of course, your neighbour may agree, in which [...]
If the chimney breast is located on a party wall between buildings then the Act does provide a building owner with a right to remove a chimney breast. The work is notifiable under the Party Wall etc Act and is considered as ‘cutting away’ from the party wall.