Martin Arnold were appointed by the building owner to manage all neighbourly matters in respect of a development situated in the heart of Westminster.

The works involved the complex demolition of an existing industrial unit, landlocked by a number of adjoining owners, along with a two storey basement excavation and the retention of the adjoining buildings. The construction will provide a new five-storey block containing seven luxury apartments for private rent.

Martin Arnold’s instruction was initially to carry out an appraisal of the site, reviewing the building owner’s proposals and providing a Neighbourly Matters assessment in terms of advising on the required notifications that would be needed to adjoining properties in relation to notifiable works under the Party Wall Act 1996.

  • Client

    MH Corporation

  • Contractor

    AMCL South East Ltd

  • Address

    Marylebone, London, W1H 4AP

Members of our Professional Services Team were appointed, and assisted in producing and serving the relevant Party Wall Notices and establishing contact with all relevant adjoining owners. The involvement included negotiations with the adjoining owner’s surveyors to agree a set of awards for demolition, excavation, piling and construction of the property, along with ensuring that scaffolding and licencing agreements were in place to allow the building owner to successfully complete the works.

Martin Arnold played an integral part at the early stages of this project to ensure that the building owner was fully protected in terms of adhering to Party Wall legislation, and protecting themselves from spurious claims of damages and equally the adjoining owners from damages that could be attributable to the works on site.

Critical Challenges

The biggest challenge on this project was managing the expectations of the stakeholders, along with the management of the project timelines alongside the statutory requirements of the Act. With a number of adjoining leaseholders and freeholders, it is always a challenge to manage the process alongside continued liaison with all of the relevant parties.

We were able to ensure that all awards were put in place promptly upon conclusion of the surveyor and advisory engineers review.

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