See what Scott Cam had to say when he was on 'Today' about the renovations to The Gatwick and it's checkered past.
"Scott Cam chats with TODAY about The Block's most controversial season yet, and the "enormous" renovation using 150 tonnes of steel.
Scott Cam summarises The Block 2018 as: “A fantastic season; lots of characters, great building.” He talks with TODAY about the The Gatwick Hotel, and drops a few hints about what we can expect from this year's new contestants.
Last year's The Block gave us lots of drama, but will this year be the same? Cam doesn't elaborate.
Instead, he throws some very light shade about work ethic, insinuating that despite everyone being fantastic, there might be a few couples that need to pull up their socks.
Cam says: “[They're] great couples who are also a mixed bag: in age, in character… and also in work ethic.”
The Gatwick construction
There’s been a flurry of media reports saying The Gatwick Hotel is the biggest project The Block has taken on in its history.
However, Cam clarifies: “It’s not our biggest, as in size, but certainly in terms of construction,” he explains. “We had about 150 tonnes of steel go in there to hold it all up.”
“This one has been an enormous amount of work. The whole thing was masonry – meaning brickwork and concrete and things like that,” he explains. “So, every time we took a wall out, a piece of steel had to go in.”
Inserting steel support beams in lieu of a wall might sound standard to most, but when you think of the sheer scale at The Gatwick, it becomes an overwhelming thought.
“There were 70 rooms we were turning into apartments, so there was a lot of work construction-wise to get that happening… and a lot still to go.”
The Gatwick controversy
Media attention was also directed towards the hotel’s ‘dark past’.
“It’s an iconic hotel in Melbourne, it was very famous in the ‘30s, and then fell into disrepute, disrepair -- a boarding house and things like that -- so we’ve brought it back to its former glory,” explains Cam.
TODAY host Karl Stefanovic presses for Cam to elaborate on the controversy around The Block 2018 site.
Cam adds: “There was [controversy], yeah. It was a boarding house… there were a few murders, a few deaths and things like that... There were colourful characters that lived there.”
“People that lived on the more nefarious side of life?” offers Stefanovic, to which Cam responds, “correct.”
“We’re in the throes of it and we’re really looking forward to the outcome of it,” says Cam.
What people ask Scott Cam when The Block is on air
“When The Block is on air, a lot of people come up to me throughout the day and ask, ‘Who wins The Block?!’, because they want to have a punt at sportsbet.”
He tells them that it hasn’t happened yet, because the auctions are live.
“So everybody that comes to me and asks ‘who wins The Block?’ – it hasn’t happened yet!”
Cam says he think it’s fantastic when people are genuinely interested in the show and “come and say G’day.” "
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