Bridgestreet Apartments are very centrally located in the new Liverpool One shopping Centre and very near to the tourist end of the river, so real handy for all the shops and the attractions of the Albert Dock and not far from the main stations, restaurants and entertainment. They have an underground car park (charges apply of course), a lift, your own front door key and 24 hour reception desk. The rooms vary in size but are extremely well equipped with all kitchen facilities, a washing machine / tumble dryer, iron and ironing board, Wi-Fi in the room (charges apply) and a telephone, hair dryer, wardrobes with hangers (!), lots of storage space – in fact it’s a regular home from home. The apartments are really clean, the beds and bedding are extremely comfortable as are the living areas. Windows are floor to ceiling with venetian blinds for privacy and you can even open them a bit. They have air conditioning and electric heaters. When you check in they even provide you with a wee box containing tea, coffee, milk, pop, biscuits etc. The bathrooms have plenty of towels and toiletries. The bedding and towels are changed once a week and the apartment is thoroughly cleaned. There are many other apartment hotels in Liverpool but these are easily the best equipped and the most comfortable.
There is a common scale of sound which is a reference in decibels – I have added Bridgestreet to this list. It reads thus:
SOUND PRESSURE LEVELS (in decibels - dB)
0 Threshold of hearing for healthy youths
10 Quiet recording studio
20 - 30 Quiet living room
40 - 50 Quiet conversation / Quiet office
60 Conversational speech at 1 foot away / Average office noise
70 Busy street / Small orchestra
80 - 90 Typical home stereo listening level / Average factory
100 Heavy truck traffic
110 Subway (not the sandwich shop)
120 Guitar amplifier, full volume at 10 inches away / Power tools
130 Pneumatic (jack) hammer / Cymbal crash / Planes on airport runway
140 Rock singer screaming in microphone (lips on mic) / Threshold of pain
150 Snare drums played hard at 6 inches away
160 Jet engine - close up
170+ BRIDGESTREET APARTMENTS
This is NOT the sound that comes from inside the apartments. They are well insulated and during the 3 months I stayed there I very rarely heard the neighbours. Some people use this place as a place to stay when going out for the weekend and of course you would occasionally hear them coming in jovial and loud, but nothing as bad as a normal hotel. The problem with the noise comes from just outside. As the apartments are located in Liverpool’s proud and prestigious shopping centre, the powers that be have extreme OCD about keeping the area clean. Any building works / repairs cannot be undertaken during shop hours, so, from 7pm until (supposedly) 11pm all of the cleaning and construction takes place. The real noise begins with the motorised street sweeping machines which go up and down like yo-yos sweeping and cleaning the ground which are phenomenally noisy and take 3 hours to do their business. Now that’s all well and good, but they do it again at 6am! What on earth has happened in the night to make them want to sweep the paths once more?! On top of that you have the window cleaning machines of which there are 2 types; one is a machine that has no silencer on it’s diesel powered engine driven by a bloke that is constantly reversing it here and there – so you have that awful beep beep beep beep beep beep beep of a reversing warning, as well as the high pressure cleaning hose. The other is guys in vans with extendable cleaning brushes and compressors and water jets. Then there’s the construction and repairs – imagine a cement block cutter grinding away incessantly outside your window for 3 hours, coupled with jackhammers, drills and shouting. Then there’s the exhibition vehicles – double decker buses that drive about, leave their engines running and set up for exhibitions. Then there’s the lads and lasses walking by with skinsfull of booze shouting and yelling in the early hours of the morning. Then there’s the skateboard boys who trundle up and down when the shops have shut. There are buskers, loudly singing Beatles songs at all hours- and what really irritated me during my stay was some company who had installed upright pianos (Yes Pianos!) at various locations around the precinct that were accessible for anyone to play including adults and children. Whoever wrote ‘Chopsticks’ should be forced to sit in a room and have it played to them over and over again – such torture is just what happened to me. All of these intrusive and pollutive noises were of course on top of the normal exterior sound of traffic and people and the city. I moved rooms on one occasion during my stay which was marginally better as I moved from the front to the side of the building but every night I had a disturbed sleep and was woken early every morning by the noise. The only solution was to close all windows and switch on the fan to generate white noise. Liverpool One is by far the cleanest place in Liverpool, but at what cost? If you were to visit the rest of the city centre, especially the area outside Lime Street station, the ground is so littered with rubbish and pavement pizzas it’s like every kebab shop in Liverpool just dumped their bins on the street. How can the council justify sweeping an area so thoroughly and meticulously twice in the space of a few hours yet neglect the rest of the city centre?
In conclusion, if you like noise pollution or have a hearing problem, then these are the apartments for you. If you want a quiet and peaceful stay, simply go elsewhere!
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