Why the adjoining owner’s surveyor needs an engineer

Lawrance Hurst (Lawrance Hurst is a Consultant and Former Partner with Hurst Peirce & Malcolm, the practice of Chartered Civil and Structural Engineers founded by his father in 1910. He has unwittingly, but not unwillingly, become something of a specialist in structural aspects of party walls. He is a member of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club’s National Committee and a former chairman of the Club. He has a particular interest in construction history and has been a member of this journal’s Editorial Board since 1990.)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


This paper explains the reasons for the appointment of an engineer by an adjoining owner’s surveyor in the context of party wall and adjacent excavation works. Recent changes in contract procedures and professional relationships, together with associated downward pressures on fees, are identified as having contributed to a vulnerability for adjoining owners in these circumstances. The engineer’s role in scrutinising temporary works is therefore demonstrated to provide an increasingly important safeguard for adjoining owners.



Hurst, L. (2000), "Why the adjoining owner’s surveyor needs an engineer", Structural Survey, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 228-230. https://doi.org/10.1108/02630800010360074

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