In case you haven't seen the thread of the possible new use for the Tower Bridge Centre, my spies tell me that, in the short term, this building ( the old school just on the sound side of Tower Bridge ), opposite the closed public toilets, is going to become the CELEBRITY FAME ACADEMY building for Comic Relief early in 2005.
So, be prepared for hoards of crowds, road closures, impossible parking, helicopters, D-list Celebs and general mayhem.
BTW - I believe they were not allowed to return to their previous residence in Highgate due to resident complaints of some of the abovenamed mayhem!!
I also believe this is true (have seen the Endemol signs on the site, called them, and got fobbed off with something which was not quite a denial).
I don't mind the prospect of Celebrity Fame Academy (1 week - for charidee) so much as the thought that a full-length series might also be filmed there later in the year. If they kit the place out for the celeb version it might make them more likely to go for a 3rd full series (none has been announced yet though) and possibly in the same location.
Do they need planning permission for this?
(Red Nose Day is Mar 11 by the way so it is coming soon!)
THE producers of BBC's Fame Academy were fined £10,000 yesterday for failing to protect employees against asbestos.
Endemol UK plc, which also makes Big Brother, admitted two health and safety offences.
The 140 production workers were exposed to two types of asbestos in the basement of the Fame Academy set - a large listed building in Highgate, North London - over a seven-month period.
Asbestos fibres from old pipe laggings and vinyl floor tiles were disturbed during sweeping, drilling, sawing, and cable-laying.
One sample take by health and safety experts registered as high risk. Health inspector Emma Brown told City of London magistrates "the risk was not controlled". It was impossible to say who might have been exposed.
> I also believe this is true (have seen the Endemol
> signs on the site, called them, and got fobbed off
> with something which was not quite a denial).
Yes, I spoke to the press office on Friday who didn't deny it, but claimed no location had been chosen yet and the production team wouldn't be in place till the New Year.
If so, then the best way to raise residents' concerns is by objecting. You can either object to the whole thing altogether, or suggest conditions which may be imposed by Southwark without which the proposals should not be allowed, or which may mitigate some of the foreseen problems.
Copy what you send to your councillors, who should represent you and will be your best allies in any decisions made by the council.
I have been invited to a meeting in early January with Endemol, to represent Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Community Association , to discuss their proposed use of the site. You can rest assured that I will do my utmost to prevent any repitition of the David Blaine fiasco and will post a mesage here afterwards on the outcome.
I don't think Endemol has anything to do with X-Factor, which is produced by Simon Cowell's own companies. Endemol make Fame Academy and Big Brother, BB has now moved to Endemol West in Bristol. So South London Press must be confusing the two talent shows!