What is a structure?

Donald Jessop (Donald Jessop is a Consultant with the firm of William Martin & Partners based in Central London and he specialises in party wall administration, boundary matters generally and rights of light. He is a member of the National Committee of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club and shared with John Anstey a love and respect for the work of the British painter, John Piper.)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Considers the meaning of “structure” within the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Notes that a literal meaning might include all man‐made objects in the built environment. Argues, however, that such an interpretation might be subject to a qualifying limitation on the basis of the golden rule of statutory interpretation and the presumption against depriving an individual of his rights. Suggests, on this basis, that only significant objects which are sufficiently proximate to the building operations to involve some real invasion of an adjoining owner’s rights should be included within the definition. Notes that this leaves considerable scope for discretion to be exercised by surveyors.



Jessop, D. (2000), "What is a structure?", Structural Survey, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 205-207. https://doi.org/10.1108/02630800010360047

Download as .RIS




Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.