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BBC TELEVISION from ALEXANDRA PALACE

by Arthur Dungate

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Lime Grove demolition

The end of an era

  7: End of North Block

 

The North Block was the last to come down.

 

  North Block demolition. South Block almost gone. (view from road) (10K)

With South Block now almost gone, North Block is being demolished.

 

 

North Block rear section (adjacent to railway). Large holes have been knocked in the brickwork of Studio D by the demolition ball, revealing the interior wall insulation.

North Block rear section (adjacent to railway). Note: large holes brickwork by demolition ball (12K) 

  Close up of holes knocked in the walls of Studio D (11K)

Close up of holes knocked in the walls of Studio D.

 

 

The sound control gallery of Studio D is now exposed to daylight.

Studio D sound control gallery (16K) 

  North Block demolition - wall facing railway line had to be taken down by hand (15K)

The rear wall of North Block was too close to the railway line to be knocked down, so it had to be taken down by hand.

 

 

All that remains of the back end of Studio D.

back end of D [near railway] (10K) 

  North Block showing Studio E lighting suspensions (16K)

North Block showing the remains of Studio E lighting suspensions

 

 

Distant view of site from BBC Club end with work more advanced on North Block. All the large steel joists supporting the studio floors had to be cut through by hand with torches.

Distant view of site from BBC Club end - work more advanced on North Block. Note: large steel joists supporting studio floors all had to be cut through with torches (14K) 

 

As Jocelyn Lukins in her excellent book The Fantasy Factory relates: David Stone, who worked at Lime Grove for 25 years [also] watched and photographed the demolition, said: "I witnessed a chap standing on the large metal ball, used on the crane for knocking down the walls. He was hoisted up in the air holding the cable in one hand and an oxyacetylene torch in the other. He climbed onto one of the large RSJ supports, 80ft up and cut three-quarters through it before casually climbing back onto the ball to be lowered to the ground. The crane driver hit the girder with the ball and down it crashed causing much dust and dismay to all the local pigeons! Lime Grove was always the home for thousands of pigeons. The lorries carried the tons of rubble away to become the foundations for the M25 Motorway widening scheme".

 

  What remains of the BBC Club - a kitchen sink! (15K)

All that remains of the BBC Club - a kitchen sink!

 

 

Two views of North Block - just a shell left now.

North Block - just a shell left now (12K) 

  shell of North Block from north end (14K)

The shell of North Block from the north end.

 

 

This was once the Goods Entrance, but the Cashiers Office which was next to it on the right, has gone.

Goods Entrance. Cashiers Office has gone (14K) 

  Shutter to former corridor by Studio G (Centre Block) (9K)

Shutter to former corridor by Studio G (Centre Block)

 

 

And there it was - gone! For 78 years this had been a major centre for film and television production. Now, with changing needs it is to revert to residential accomodation.

[photos: Nigel Finnis]

Cleared site from north end (12K) 

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