Commercial Party Wall Case Study: BRITANNIA ROAD, LONDON SW6
We were appointed to perform Building Owner’s Party Wall duties by Devonshire Metro Limited regarding the demolition and clearance of an existing industrial site. The development made way for 11 new residential dwellings located in a concealed mews on the Chelsea / Fulham border, opposite Chelsea Football Club at Stamford Bridge.
The site was surrounded by differing adjoining owners including commercial properties, residential flats, educational facilities, including a corner public house and local Labour club. At the rear of the site there were 13 separate garages, each under various ownerships.
Locating the registered property owners proved difficult as some were situated overseas in Hong Kong, Mauritius and Thailand as well as spread across the UK, and were often only contactable through third party agents.
A total of 45 Party Wall Notices accompanied by architectural / engineering drawing packs were drafted and sent to respective adjoining owners, detailing the development proposals and setting out implications under the Party Wall etc Act 1996. Each of the neighbouring properties were visited and Schedules of Condition were prepared to record status to support Party Wall documentation.
Coordinating the Party Wall process proved challenging. We learned part way through the process that the site was to be sold to a new buyer, who would take over the demolition / construction phases and finish the development.
The timing of the purchase transaction meant that existing Party Wall Notices had expired and the new owner, London and Fulham Limited, would need to procure and issue fresh Notices so that the development works could proceed.
We were retained to prepare and issue another batch of Party Wall Notices under the new ownership, which led to Party Wall Agreements being established with all of the respective adjoining owners. Our involvement led to the development works being able to proceed without delay.