ITV Studios is relocating from its renowned former headquarters on London’s South Bank to a new base in Holborn. The two structures that once housed the world-famous broadcasting company – Prince’s Wharf and the SBK Building – are undergoing a complete refurbishment, in preparation for a redevelopment project.
Carey Group companies, ION Environmental and Scudder Demolition, have been contributing to the refurbishment of the iconic studio structures by carrying out an eight-week package of works that includes deconstructing a bridge that once linked the two buildings.
Our contributions to the remediation and deconstruction of the previous London home of iconic ITV Studios will help to make this site ready for future development. Certainly, these buildings – which overlook the Thames and sit adjacent to Waterloo rail station – offer a prime Southbank location.
Historic South Bank Studio
Over the 40 years that ITV Studios operated in this spot on the banks of the Thames, several famous TV shows were created here, such as This Morning and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. While ITV initially leased the South Bank offices for decades, the broadcasting company purchased the buildings in 2013. Now that the broadcaster has decided to relocate to its new leased studio space in Holborn, it plans to offer its former headquarters for sale.
Our scope of works
ION Environmental has been awarded a package of remediation works on this site which enables us to support the refurbishment of structures that helped make UK TV history. Our responsibilities on this project involve:
- Providing specialist asbestos strip-out services to render the site safe
- Removing asbestos from the roof of the bridge between Prince’s Wharf and the SBK Building, prior to demolition
On this important project, Scudder Demolition is responsible for the deconstruction of the bridge that once connected ITV’s two riverside studio buildings. We have also been tasked with conducting a wide range of works that include:
- Demolition of existing first-floor lightweight construction porta-cabins, including all internal partitions, and mechanical and electrical services
- Roofing works to rectify changes in level, inclusive of drainage and waterproofing
- Removal of existing external metal escape staircases, at first-floor and ground-floor levels
- Elimination of various ground floor doorways/windows, on the line of the new boundary – this involves the infilling of openings in materials to match the existing framework
- Deconstruction of all existing surface mounted services including pipework, guttering and cabling
Scheduled for completion over an eight-week period, this project highlights our integration of services. It demonstrates how Carey’s self-delivery model – our ability to work together as a team to deliver a wide range of specialist construction services – enables us to facilitate consistency and efficiency throughout the planning and delivery of our works and provide our clients with work of the highest standards.