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Report - Big Brother House, Borehamwood - March 2017


TVurbex

TV Locations Aficionado
28DL Full Member
History
The original Big Brother House was built in 2000 on the land of Abbey Mills Pumping Station, a sewage pumping station in east London designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette (who just so happens to be the great-great-grandfather of Sir Peter 'Baz' Bazalgette - the TV executive often credited with being responsible for Big Brother's popularity).

In 2002, planning permission for the structure expired, so the house was re-located to Elstree Studios in Borehamwood (12 miles north of central London), where it was built on top of one of two of the studio complex's outdoor water tanks - which, almost half a century earlier in 1955, was used to shoot The Dam Busters.

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In 2005, a 'Fathers4Justice' campaigner described the compound's security as "a damn sight tighter than at Buckingham Palace". In addition to this, shortly after Channel 5's acquisition of the programme, an additional fence was constructed around the compound, creating an extra-secure enclosed production village.

Despite this, with the House vacated for around two thirds of the year, I couldn't resist going for a mooch - and to both my astonishment and delight; through a perfect combination of luck, knowledge and determination - my journey wasn't a wasted one... here's the pics:

Outside
Behind the eviction area:
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Eviction stage.

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'Front' doors.

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Side of 'other house' extension.

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Loading bay/smoking area.

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George Lucas stage (part of Downing Street fasçade from The Crown TV series in foreground).

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'Back' door.

Camera runs
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Air conditioning controls.

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Production village plan.

'Other house' garden camera run:
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Cables leading to loft area.

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Hole in camera run wall.

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Insulation.

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Linen drawers.

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Warning sign.

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Connecting corridors.

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Floor to ceiling mirror.

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Bath from indoor hot tub.

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Semi-demolished garden camera run.

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Lit area.

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Semi-dismantled area.

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Props.

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Rules.

'House On Camera' areas
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Bathroom (now/then).

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Bedding storage.

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Sound cable dangling (site of Diary Room).

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Door unlocked light.

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Outdoor pool and hot tub (now/then).

Continued...
 

TVurbex

TV Locations Aficionado
28DL Full Member
...Continued:

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Garden.

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Perimeter path, behind demolished garden camera run.

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Remnants of bedroom.

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Dining/living area (now/then).

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The Snug (now/then).

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'Other house'.

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'Other house' bathroom.

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'Other house' bathroom shower microphone.

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Big Brother speaker.

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'Other house' toilet.

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'Other house' stairs.

Loft areas
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Entrance to area above 'other' house.

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Area above 'other' house.

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Cables in area above 'other' house.

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Bathroom/toilet sound cables above 'other' house.

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Main loft area.

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Main loft area ventilation.

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Ladder.

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Cables.

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Beams.

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Industrial plugs/sockets.

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Manual 'front' door controls for main house.

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Storage area between main/'other' house loft areas.

Utilities
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Water heating cylinders.

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Outdoor pool and hot tub pump room.

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Safe pH and chlorine levels for outdoor pool and hot tub.

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Sump pit walkway.

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Above the House's cesspit.

Thanks for looking :thumb

P.S. more pics on my Flickr page (linked below) if you're interested :)
 

urblex

28DL Maverick
28DL Full Member
Good report fella :thumb very appropriate that the original house was built on the land of a sewage pumping station haha
 

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