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ITV abandons the South Bank

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Parker
Posting this here in case anyone wants to see it - it's a 360 virtual tour of two floors + the lobby of TLS (only office spaces though, and it's after ITV gutted the place of their stuff.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=HByo1yN5SWs

I wonder if t hey ever had any takers for the short term rents they were offering? Presumably Covid scuppered that plan

Basically a good building and studios being destroyed because of greed, now where has that happened before somewhere else.

Nice stationary cupboard on floor 2 though Very Happy
JO
Joe
For those describing this proposal as looking horrible – the current building is hardly a thing of beauty.
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JKDerry
If ITV did take over full control of Grays Inn Road, could they add one or two more studios to the complex? There are only the two basement studios and the Channel 4 News studio based there at the moment. If ITV have some thought, possibly two more television studios could be created to give them a new London headquarters, much smaller than The London Studios, with still a headquarters as such. Just a thought.
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Jonwo
Realistically, I think it’d be much easier for ITV to go for a new build than trying to retrofit Gray’s Inn Road and given ITV Daytime has settled nicely at Television Centre, I cannot envision them having a headquarter with studios attached to them anymore.
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Alfie Mulcahy
If ITV did take over full control of Grays Inn Road, could they add one or two more studios to the complex? There are only the two basement studios and the Channel 4 News studio based there at the moment. If ITV have some thought, possibly two more television studios could be created to give them a new London headquarters, much smaller than The London Studios, with still a headquarters as such. Just a thought.


Even just one more studio in that complex would be good.

And it would make sense to have ITV and ITN headquartered in the same place.
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gottago
If ITV did take over full control of Grays Inn Road, could they add one or two more studios to the complex? There are only the two basement studios and the Channel 4 News studio based there at the moment. If ITV have some thought, possibly two more television studios could be created to give them a new London headquarters, much smaller than The London Studios, with still a headquarters as such. Just a thought.


Even just one more studio in that complex would be good.
Why? They don't need one.

And it would make sense to have ITV and ITN headquartered in the same place.

Why? They're two separate companies.
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JKDerry
It does seem in my opinion that ITV are very content using studios not owned by them for their big programmes, such as SNT based at Television Centre. So I do get a sense they will continue on their current path. If it aint broke don't fix it approach.
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Jonwo


Home working will continue to a degree post covid but it really doesn't work for quite a lot of people so offices will definitely still be essential. Central London is still the best place to be if you're running a business staffed full of freelancers as everyone lives all over the city, and outside of it. There's a few companies based in Hammersmith that I simply wouldn't consider working for because the commute would be unbearably long with it being right on the other side of the city.


TV is one of those areas where I think do need to be in the room with other people when pitching ideas and I imagine for many people while some will embrace WFH full time but most will either opt for a half and half approach or go back to the office.

It does seem in my opinion that ITV are very content using studios not owned by them for their big programmes, such as SNT based at Television Centre. So I do get a sense they will continue on their current path. If it aint broke don't fix it approach.


ITV owns Bovingdon so it's not entirely true that they would rather rent studios from other places and TBH it doesn't really matter, programmes will still get made.
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JKDerry
Bovingdon is a massive great studio, not in the heart of London, but still a great studio, used by The Wheel for the BBC as well as of course Dancing on Ice now.
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Brekkie
It does seem in my opinion that ITV are very content using studios not owned by them for their big programmes, such as SNT based at Television Centre. So I do get a sense they will continue on their current path. If it aint broke don't fix it approach.

Not just in television now but many big companies are happier to not have their cash tied up in expensive property assets and instead lease space, often selling their own HQs then leasing them back on a long term deal.
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Jonwo

Not just in television now but many big companies are happier to not have their cash tied up in expensive property assets and instead lease space, often selling their own HQs then leasing them back on a long term deal.


Many companies will still have HQs as you'll still need people to be physically present and interacting with each other for some aspect of work. Even tech companies like Facebook are building new HQs in various cities.
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Brekkie
Yes but you don't have to own the HQ, you can have a long term lease for the space. That's exactly what the BBC did with TVC - sold it then leased back three studios, who in turn they rent out to ITV and others.

It's pretty much what ITV have done across the country too in closing their regional studios down and leasing space elsewhere rather than purchasing or building a smaller property - as seen with the former HTV and UTV sites. Indeed do they own outright much more than the Leeds Studios any more?
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