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.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Beecholme 's Visual Environment Project



To take in all the grounds, with 2 sides to the project: 1. to create a consistent landscape and horticultural design based around 2. three or more sculptural elements commissioned specifically for Beecholme.

Two of the sculptural elements to be more architectural in nature with seating.
One at least to be a pure sculpture.


(see "Our Visual Environment & Quality of Life" presentation further below for our initial terms of reference)


The planting and overall horticultural design will probably be done by "The Grass Roof Company" who have done some of the better squares and parks.

We have been lucky to commission Tim Norris
the sculptor who created this hillside sculptural stair & seating:

Tim will produce drawings of installations specifically taillored for Beecholme's grounds.

Side 1 - grounds & side 2 - sculptures will be co-ordinated by the TRA under the overall facilitating work of the specialist community art organisation "Arts Express".

Tim Norris and Damien of Arts Express have already had a preliminary look at the estate and are both enthusiastic and confident that we can make a huge improvement to our visual environment and our quality of life.

We have some £8,000 in 2 grants currently and we are applying for a further £22,000.



Last year we were unsuccessful with the larger grant applications for the sculpture. We are applying to more appropriate funders this year so hope for a better outcome.
Of course, we were successful with the grounds planting grant applications.

See the background post (May 2009) to the grounds project with several examples of sculptures at:



The architectural seating and planting designs will be based on the two squares although no area or view on the estate will be missed.
The pure sculpture will probably go at the park end of Prout Road and be visible from all directions including from Millfields Park.

See the photos below (click on it to see it full size):

A note about the Beecholme Estate

Beecholme Estate's architect was Sir Frederick Gibberd 1908-1984
(working with Borough engineer G L Downing), one of Britain’s most respected architects.

His work has been an influence on generations of post-war designers.

Gibberd was particularly interested in design as enclosure of space rather than arrangement
of mass, as evident at Beecholme -- combining architecture, town planning and landscape.

Gibberd described mixed development as
"planning the complete area as a whole series of pictures with variety in each, and unity within the whole."

We wish to remain true his vision for Beecholme and return it to a unified whole.
One that enhances peoples lives every day.


(see the "HCVS GrassRoots grants" post below for more details)


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