The Party Wall etc Act


The course introduces attendees to the Party wall Act. Duties and procedures required by the act are identified and explained. Practical application in the context of construction work adjoining and in near proximity to neighbouring properties and structures is a key feature of the training offered. In addition to providing a theoretical base, examples of actual party wall awards and agreements are examined to ensure knowledge gained is relevant to projects carried out in the course of construction works commonly undertaken by attendees to the course.

Aims & Objectives:

The training and knowledge offered covers five generic areas. These are:

  • Overview of the framework provided by the Party Wall Act for preventing or resolving disputes in relation to party walls, part structures, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings
  • Rights conferred by the Party Wall Act
  • Duties and obligations under the Part Wall Act
  • Disagreements and disputes
  • Producing a valid Party Wall award

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify situations when the Party Wall Act applies
  • Draft and Serve notice required by the act
  • Understand the disputes process and engage with the same appropriately
  • Produce a Party Wall award and discharge the same

Attendees will on completion of the course attain:

  • Improved understanding of the Party Wall process
  • An improved knowledge base from which to develop better party Wall management procedures
  • An appreciation of current Party Wall best practice

Course Outline:

  • Purpose of the Party Wall Act
  • Scope and coverage of the Party Wall Act
  • What is a Party Wall
  • What is a Party Wall excavation
  • What is a party fence wall
  • What is a Party Wall structure
  • Works to Party Walls and excavations
  • Adjoining owners
  • Notices and responses
  • Disagreements and disputes
  • Producing a party wall award
  • Practical example and case examinations

Mode of Delivery:

Throughout the training day the main method of knowledge transfer will be illustrated presentations. Actual case histories will be used to demonstrate how the knowledge disseminated in the presentations is applied in practice. To aid this process the training period will be supported with a number of group interactive sessions. Typically these will comprise:

  • Individual or Group Exercises
  • Discussion
  • Visual Aids e.g. short DVD/video, models, samples, etc
  • Assessment via group response to questions designed to assess knowledge assimilation

Benefits of Attending:

Participants to the course will gain a broader more informed knowledge base to apply when dealing with Party Walls and excavations close to neighbouring properties. The course will provide a basis for further knowledge assimilation and improvement in operational competence.,br>

Intended For:

Property Managers, Designers, Project Managers, Managers engaged in property procurement, Supervisory Building and Civil Engineering staff. Junior staff in training for supervisory roles.