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.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

New flooring for concrete entrances & stairwells?

One possible use for the EIB is covering the bare concrete stairwells throughout the estate.
Since the installation of the entrance security doors has made the stairwells "indoor" they really do need updating as well.

Using the EIB would mean doing the stairwell over a period even with match funding so i am also applying for a lottery grant under the "Reaching Communities" fund.

Hammersmith & Fulham recently upgraded their "Riverside Gardens" estate flooring in all it's communal walkways and stairwells using Altro's Mondofutura flooring. It starts at £12.80/square meter compared to over £18/ squ m. for most others with very similar specs and lifetime!
Here is Altro's link to Mondofutura:

here's an example of Mondofutura:

I'm also in the process of getting quotes from Burmatex & Polyflor. As the 7 stairwells in the 2 storey blocks have little traffic we'll also be considering (& getting quotes for) a suitable carpet - more in keeping with internal stairs.

(see last post below)
It may be possible for the bare brick wall to be plastered and the myriad cables and pipes to be boxed and then painted from the "Eyesore Budget" rather than from either the EIB or mix of EIB & Decoration Budget.
Enquiries are underway and Gary Lane of Hackney Homes should get back to me before the upcoming TRA meeting.

I'll keep you up to date with proceedings.

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