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, 13 October 2009

Tenants Levy Special Projects fund new floor covering for the lift lobby - see POLL on left

This year we applied to the Tenants Levy Special Projects fund to finance
floor covering for the lift lobby

(and to get the backs of the big estate bins covered with artwork)

It's part of the final stage of our refurbishment of the lift lobby - the one communal area virtually everyone living in the tall block has to go through every day - now that all the wiring is boxed in and the walls have been painted.

Our grant application successful so have the money and are ready to go ahead.

A big "thank you" goes to the special projects panel!

The decision now is whether to get carpet tiles or vinyl tiles.
The grant application we made said "either carpet or vinyl".


The lobby is rather an echo chamber so on those grounds carpet is the winner. Getting carpet tiles means they can easily be replaced when needed - and they will be!

I've spoken to the cleaning dept and spills are not uncommon.
The main con for carpet is that to maintain the new look, quite a few tiles will need to be replaced fairly regularly.


Can be cleaned fairly easily of spills and will stand up to cigarette burns a little better than carpet.
Mind you, spills can seep underneath vinyl so cleaning may not be straight forward in all cases. Hackney Homes is looking at covering vinyl tiles with a rubberized coating to seal the seams.
Vinyl won't help muffle sounds either.

My choice

Fortunately, we did apply for enough to be able to buy up to 3 times the number of carpet tiles just to cover the floor. One of the advantages of a grant is that you can buy from the warehouse and not through an approved supplier, saving a huge percentage.
That means that we can buy enough tiles so that even replacing all the tiles with wear (from the door to the lift) as soon as they are "worn" or have the odd spill, it should stay looking pretty good for at least 3 or 4 years - not bad value for money, at a cost of perhaps £20 a year....

Let us know what you'd like to see - take the poll top left.

You have until 5pm on the 21st to take the poll - we'll make the final decision soon after.

This link will take you to an earlier post with photos of the carpet tiles I placed in our communal stairwell. There's only 6 flats on the stairwell, not the 5 floors of flats the lift lobby services so the rate of wear is different but this photo might help:

Entrance carpet tiles

I'll keep you updated - check back here.


We have our next enhanced TRA meeting on
Thur 19th Nov @ 7pm

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