Party Wall Surveys

What are Party Wall Surveys?

A Party Wall is situated on the land boundary, typically between two (occasionally more) different properties. Some of the most common examples of Party Walls include those that separate semi-detached or terraced houses. Also included are the barriers that make up the boundary between gardens, commonly referred to as party fence walls. If you are planning on undertaking works that could affect a neighbouring building, you must adhere to the guidelines in The Party Wall Act.

The Party Wall Act was passed in 1996 and applied to houses in England and Wales. It was given to prevent building work from being undertaken that could compromise the structural integrity of any shared wall (party wall) or adjoining properties. Notices and agreements may be required between the affected homeowners.

Form Consulting can provide professional guidance and advice on your next steps in getting a Party Wall Survey.

Also, for further information, please follow the links below for government guidelines.

Party walls and building work – GOV.UK (

Preventing and resolving disputes about party walls – GOV.UK (

Why choose us for your Party Wall Survey?

We are a structural engineering practice based in Truro, Cornwall, offering a full range of Structural Engineering and Party Wall services. Our team comprises highly experienced and capable engineers, technicians and support staff.

We pride ourselves on our friendly and proactive approach to being responsive to our client’s requirements from the initial enquiry stage, providing advice to project completion.

We use modern structural engineering analysis and building modelling software to produce well-communicated, efficient designs. We collaborate with the client and other creative team members to develop a design that meets all requirements and needs and considers the architectural scheme and the existing site.

Our services include:

  • Structural Design.
  • Building Control Calculations.
  • Structural Element Design.
  • Structural Inspection Reports.
  • Party Wall Surveys.
  • Construction Quality Inspections.

We understand the need to work closely alongside agents and architects as part of the design team during the detailed stage of any project. This approach limits delays in the preparation of potential construction/tender packages.

We also recognise the importance of the following:

  • Timescales for initial markups to allow the architect to move forward with the scheme. 
  • Working with and having discussions/ flexibility on the approach to the engineering to allow consideration during the design process. 
  • Tailoring our output to meet the need and budget of the project. 
  • Clear and concise drawings and details for easy interpretation. 

Whether you are an individual private client, small business or larger company, we recognise that your project represents a significant investment; we always aim to deliver a good quality service to support any of our clients through the design and construction stage.

Contact us today about your Party Wall Survey requirements.

If Form can help with any structural advice, including arranging a Party Wall Survey, you can contact us here.

Alternatively, you can email or call 01872 630 150.