I believe the agreed curfew is 2300 with exceptions granted occasionally (presumably for something like Children in Need?). AIUI sets are likely to be left standing overnight then struck next day, thus reducing turnaround time considerably - previously studios were struck and reset overnight ready for the next booking. I've also heard rumour that as TC2 won't initially have a gallery, it may well become something of a scene dock storage space.
The main studios were anything but run down by the end. Most were well specced, modern and routinely in use. The office accommodation admittedly wasn't fashionable in design. Most places are hotdesk, open spaces. TC had separate offices off its circular corridors, and peripheral offices in add on buildings perched along roofs. Many were empty by the end. And as has been mentioned a lot on here, where once separate functions within television production once required specialist staff and mechanical machinery, now almost all of it can be done within computers, so machine rooms have really just become data centres.
TC's offices definitely needed refreshing, main block had no aircon, windows were single glazed, etc. The scenery block had historic but outdated (and disused) areas like the paint frame which simply weren't needed any more. Following the departure to Salford of Children's and Sport, there was plenty of space.
There's little point going on about what could have been. It is what it is now. That's sad but let's hope that with TLS
and Fountain closing, the centre rises again. I think they should certainly bring forward the full fit out of all three remaining studios.
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