This probably has been discussed adnausem. I assume if they wanted to do a comprehensive rebuild they could do it in stages (as they were built). If they could they would have nearby swing office space for those displaced.
Yes, it has been here and other places!
The thing was that people talked about the loss of the studios which was sad but not the rest of the mishmash of other buildings and the low quality office space on top of the studios*. The concept of a TV factory where everything is in the same place is disappearing as things are fragmented and because technology has changed/shrunk it was much larger than they needed. When the various bits of it were built edit suites and VT
suites were rooms of equipment. Now everything is done centrally in data centres, TVC had pokey apparatus rooms and operational areas with limited room for expansion. That's why the channel playout moved to open plan premises down the road about 15 years ago.
You say about relocating staff when a rebuild happened, well there weren't many left. Several departments - news, sport, childrens had moved to Salford or central London. Others were in newer offices down the road. Its telling that the newest part - dating from the late 90s - was the only bit other than the 3 studios to be kept
If they'd not gone down the road of selling the site it would have needed to have lots of odd packets of land around the outside sold off and then what was left rebuilt/remodelled to make it more useful. A massive cost when actually most of the studio time in what was left would have been rented out to rivals... which brings in money of course but I could imagine politically would have been a bit controversial.
I say this because when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon they renovated and rebuilt 400,000 square feet in under 12 months. A project of that scope takes on average 2-3 years.
I'd have thought so considering the US's military budget!
*other studio centres were more lucky, Teddington and Fountain were able to seperate and sell off part of their sites for redevelopment, keeping some or all of their studios. TVC wasn't as lucky, although there were several buildings attached to the main block because that is right in the centre of the site they were in odd corners between the main building and housing. Not that attractive for development
Of course not that it helped Teddington and Fountain... they've both closed
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