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, 3 February 2011

TRA's projects to improve the visual environment recognized

Hackney Gazette article about Beecholme

Story Jon Dean     Photo & reportage OLIVIA HARRIS

BTW: Tim Norris calls the benches "sculptural benches", not artistic benches.  

I should note another typo on the print version, corrected in the online feature:
the artist who designed and will be constructing the new bench
is sculptor Tim Norris (RSBS) and not Tim Morris.


The Gazette have the corrected feature
story online:

"Upper Clapton residents enlist well known sculptor for estate revamp"

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Members of the Beecholme Tenants’ and Residents’ Association have spent the last two years painting, planting and fundraising to smarten up the estate in Prout Road.
Now they are ready for the next stage – three sculpted benches designed for them by well known sculptor Tim Norris.
Mr Norris, who calls the benches “artistic furniture”, said: “What is interesting about this project is that it is led by the residents themselves.”
He hopes to have the first new bench in place by March...."


For the full history of the bench with sketches and photos see the Sculpture page:
which also has info on several other improvements made by the TRA
as part of our Visual Environment Project 
artwork on the bins, signage and more.

The "Grounds 1" and "Grounds 2" pages of this blog show the new planting on the estate from design & planting by Wendy Allen Designs with the Grass Roof Co. and with lots of photos of the beds, from bare earth to completed beds
like this

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