The Board have followed up on the action to identify alternative intercom systems.
To re-iterate, the current intercom system operates as follows: A) we put aside £2k from the service charge to cover calls (Virgin Media) and ad-hoc maintenance plus B) there is a one-off £35 charge each time a resident changes a phone number associated with a given flat.
Having investigated 3 major and 2 smaller intercom providers, we have come to a conclusion that a new more technologically advanced system will cost a minimum £10k-£12k for subscription only. There will be an additional setup cost. We believe this is too expensive in comparison to what we currently have.
That said, we welcome any cheaper intercom ideas residents might have and we would be happy to investigate.