Party Wall Surveys

A party wall is a wall that is situated on the boundary of land typically between two (occasionally more) different properties. The most common examples of party walls include those that separate semi-detached or terraced houses. Also included are the walls that make up the boundary between gardens, these are commonly referred to as party fence walls. If you are planning on undertaking works that could affect a neighbouring building you will need to adhere to guidelines set out in The Party Wall Act. This act was passed in 1996 and applies to houses in England and Wales. It was passed to prevent building work 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 can provide professional guidance and advise on what your next steps may be in the process. Also for further information please follow the links below for government guidelines. Party walls and building work - GOV.UK ( Preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls - GOV.UK (  

Why choose us for your party wall survey?

We are a structural engineering practice based in Truro offering a full range of structural engineering services. Form’s team consists of highly experienced and capable engineers, technicians and support staff. We pride ourselves on our friendly and proactive approach with the aim of being responsive to our client’s requirements from the initial enquiry stage, providing advice and through 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 members of the creative team to develop a design that meets all requirements and needs, and consider 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:
  • 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 requirements

If Form can help with any structural advice, including arranging a party wall survey, please get in touch here. Alternatively, you can email or call 01872 630 150.