Party Wall Legislation for Architects

04 October 2012

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Holiday Inn, Portsmouth


The architect is an agent to the client. The client is termed the 'building owner' under the act, the person undertaking the works. Thereby the architect is without a doubt representing the 'Building Owner' and is normally administering the project or 'works' on site. So in effect the architect is the agent of the building owner.

Under the Interpretation Section 20 of the act 'surveyor' means 'any person not being a party to the matter appointed'. It is not accepted that a building or adjoining owners appoint themselves.

Further to this the government booklet and the RIBA have their own recommendations; in particular, being an agreed surveyor while you are also the architect/agent is not recommended. As an architect, if you decide to also take the role of party wall surveyor for your client, you are immediately taking away his opportunity to have an agreed surveyor for his building project, which would save him costs. 

So what can an architect do to help their clients?

Speaker: Bernard Humphrey-Gaskin, Chartered Architect Bernard is the Head of Practice for abp Chartered Architects. He qualified as an architect in 1987 and has a vast experience in the design and construction of various building types and has worked for notable practices such as RHWL, The Property Services Agency and WS Atkins.

He has run his own architectural business since 1991 and has worked in the educational, commercial and residential sectors.  He also has experience in theatre projects, ecological and green design projects. He is also an experienced party wall surveyor and is a member of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club.


RIBA/CIAT members - £55 + VAT (£66)
Others - £80 + VAT (£96)
RIBA Student members - £15 + VAT (£18)   


Adam Turner
0118 9874900


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