Closing Order Averted - Victorian Terraced Building, London

Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors was asked to help clients to avoid a Local Authority Closing Order.   A central London Victorian terraced building, converted into flats many years ago, had fallen into serious disrepair externally and the original stone staircase internally had part collapsed.   The Local Authority served a Dangerous Structures Notice and subsequently initiated proceedings to obtain a Closing Order.   The landlord was also pursuing possession of the building under Section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925.

This called for detailed involvement from Metcalfe Briggs Surveyors.  We assessed the damage and prepared a detailed specification of works.  A coherent tendering programme was defined.  Together with expert evidence our work was presented to the Court.  Ultimately we were successful in averting the Closing Order, the possession proceedings and in satisfying the terms of the Dangerous Structures Notice.