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FAQs

What is a party wall agreement?

This is a legally binding document that is agreed between two or more parties, when works are being carried out close to or effecting neighbouring premises.

It is very common with alterations to domestic properties that action under the party wall legislation will be necessary. Works that affect a wall, fence or any part of your neighbour’s structure, within certain specified distances, will require notification to adjoining owners in accordance with the Party wall Act 1996.

The person proposing the works, should notify, by means of written consent, along with a schedule of works and relevant drawings, their affected property owners.

Design Studio Architects provide advice and assistance with party wall notices if required.

Still wondering what is a party wall agreement? Contact us and we'd be happy to help!

How do you charge for your projects?

Each project needs are different and our fees are based on the needs of your project; we provide a flexible pricing structure that gives you a fixed fee for every stage of the project.

Why do I need an architect for my project?

An architect can bring creative design ideas to your project but also protect you and your interests through the build by guiding you through what can be a complex process; they have the experience to understand all of the legal aspects and stages within a project whilst bringing your vision and ideas to life.

I live in a conservation area - can you get planning for me?

We have experience in working in conservation areas, with a proven track record of obtaining planning. We work with the local planning conservation team in order  to design schemes that they can support.

I have a tight budget but need extra space - are you able to help?

We are always realistic about what can be achieved within your budget and it is discussed at the initial consultation. We look to offer innovative solutions to see how you can get the most out of your space.

Are you a RIBA Chartered practice?

We are a RIBA chartered practice, and one of the directors are registered individually with RIBA. In addition, all of our architects are on the ARB register which is a requirement by law in order to use the title of architect.

Do you deal with the planning process?

As part of our planning stage services we submit and manage the planning process to keep communication channels in place as far as practical.

How long does planning last for?

Once approved, your planning approval lasts for 3 years. Within this timeframe, you need to make a meaningful start on your project. If for what ever reason you do not commence the works within the 3-year timeframe, your planning application will elapse. In which case a new application will be required to be re-submitted

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