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, 19 March 2010

Beecholme estate notes - Grounds Project Phase II - Lift lobby

Grounds Project - Phase II
Sculpture and sculptural seating
Last year Tim Norris did come to the estate and took photos to work from.
I think he was quite inspired by the estate and the aspect over the park
but we have not met since - just had the occasional email.
I was unsuccessful with 3 grant applications last year, successful with one - we're using it with the EIB for planting - ie Phase I. of the grounds project.

See Phase I: (current planting March 2010) Photo diary 3 posts below 
The grant I have yet to get is for the sculpture - ie Phase II.
I will be applying again very soon, with help from Damien at Arts-express.
As soon as we get funds and he has the free time, we'll get Tim back.

In the meantime we may see if another sculptor can help with replacing the benches. We will try and co-ordinate everything so Tim will have an input even if only on paper - with the design. We will possibly use part of our 2010 EIB.
We hope to have a smaller version for flat ground along the lines of Tim's curved design as shown here:
 sculpture by Tim Norris 

There's a lot more information in these posts:  


as well as the "Diary of work & planting" post further down this page.
   Update April 10th

Sculptor Gary Marsh came over this week to look over the grounds
and have a chat. The result being that I should get an idea of the cost of putting the first sculptural, curved bench in the square.

We should be able to fund the first bench with either/or this years EIB or a Levy Special Projects grant (not on leasholders charges).
We'll have to wait until I successfully apply to more granting bodies to get the funds for the remaining benches, reliefs & sculpture.

It will almost certainly be made of stone with a grass bank at the back and a slab of tree trunk on the seat. It may incorporate one or more of the rather ugly hexagonal concrete planters dotted around the estate.

This sort of sculpture is a specialty of Garys.

We were also thinking about a relief or two of the end of blocks.


Ground floor lift lobby 
There is one ground floor lift lobby for the single 5 storey block on the estate.
We (the TRA) had it painted and all the wires and conduit boxed in.
There is even a noticeboard up.
All that's lacking is carpet.

I am happy to announce that new carpet tiles will be going down in the next couple of weeks or so. We applied for and got a Tenants Levy "Special projects" grant some months ago but it has taken a long time to get approval from all relevant depts of Hackney Homes.
Not least was fire rating approval for the specific tiles used.
The cleaning dept. had to have access to a power outlet and supply a vacuum cleaner for our cleaner to use as well.

I have managed to get expensive Heuga Interface Flor tiles from their "Entropy" range at a huge discount. These tiles are commonly used in schools, hospitals and public buildings, so rated as heavy contract.

I spent weeks searching for the best tiles and finally found the right number of the right make and type of tile.
The best thing being that they are from an over run of a bespoke range so I got £800 worth of tiles for £150.
Brand new, straight from a showroom warehouse.


As illustrated below but in a multi-coloured plain "rust" colour 
That is, without the geometric design as the tiles were a custom design
using the Entropy substrate - ie the same materials and specifications.

Hopefully the actual rust colour will hide a multitude of sins... 

At the entrance there will be a semi-circle of Burmatex "Grimebuster 50" barrier tiles to stop the worst of the dirt getting to the heavy contract grade "Entropy" tiles.
 Burmatex "Grimebuster 50"


Both sets of tiles will be in a "rust" colour to go with the red skirting strip and cream coloured walls.

I'll be buying the door trims and glue this week (Mon 12th) and getting the tiles down as soon as the workmen can fit it in. 

Mon 12th April 2010

I will get the trims etc but I will have to wait to next week before arranging the actual laying of the tiles as the officer I need to speak to is on leave and won't be back until then.


A red letter day - the carpet tiles are down

D.W. Sec.

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