More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Friday, 10 August 2007

Upgrade needed to entry phones? See my POLL & NEW Beecholme Diary below.

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That is to say, the internal door phones, as illustrated above.

They currently have no volume control and are so loud that during the day you can hear the bell ring a floor away through 4 doors and at night 2 floors. Couples with young children have my sympathies trying to give them an afternoon nap.

The "privacy" button has been timed (to specs asked for!!) to about 4 or 5 hours so that if you put it on at 10pm (for an early night), you run the risk of being woken along with everyone else at 3am - as we have been numerous times over the last few months.
I've even been woken at3.30am by someone ringing the doorbell a floor above me!

Everyone I've spoken to would be prepared to pay a reasonable sum to have the alteration or upgrade done.

Of course, if standard Procurement Design Protocols (see below)were in place and adhered to there's always the chance that the better solution may have been made in the first place.

If it turns out, as I suspect, that the quality of life - directly related to lack of sleep, volume and nuisance or "mistake" bell rings - is such now that everyone would pay to get the door phones upgraded, then that should have been taken into account in the first place as a cost.

That being the case, as usual, the cheapest option turns out to be a false economy.

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Anonymous said...

I'd happily pay a one off £20 to £50 max. Be nice with video as my mothers flat in Tower Hamlets. can that be added for the same price?

Anonymous said...

It would cost too much