AU ABC set to leave home with plans for new Southbank studio
Property Here - Thursday, May 02, 2013
Elton John and Molly Meldrum on ABC TV show Countdown. Picture: File photo Source: Herald Sun
THE ABC will be leaving its historic TV studios at Ripponlea and the valuable property may be sold for high-rise residential development under plans to build a new headquarters for the national broadcaster in Southbank.
Famous ABC programs such as Countdown were produced at the Gordon St studios, which opened in 1956 with the introduction of television.
In recent years, it has been home to programs such as Adam Hills chat show In Gordon Street Tonight and filming for the series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
Under the plan, the ABC will build a five-storey headquarters next to its existing Southbank offices, where its TV news moved in 2001.
It will include new TV studios and a major TV production centre.
The overhaul is aimed at guaranteeing jobs and production in Victoria.
The Federal Government will loan the ABC $90 million, which it has to repay by 2020.
ABC managing director Mark Scott said the new building would be designed to put the ABC's many services on show.
"All the plans for this area are to make it more visible, more highly trafficked by pedestrians, make it more of a centrepoint of the centre," he said.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the new building would be home to the ABC's radio, television and digital production operations as well as its broadcasting and support services.
Senator Conroy said consolidating operations would allow the ABC to achieve operational savings and productivity benefits.
Local architect Robert Mills said the Ripponlea site's proximity to the CBD, transport, schools and shopping meant that while a feasibility study would be done, it would likely become a residential site.
"It will be controversial, but I predict the final outcome will be a high-rise," he said.
Mr Mills said that while the building had no council height restrictions, its height would likely be limited by shading.
The former Channel 9 studios in Bendigo St, Richmond, are being transformed into apartments and townhouses, selling for up to $1.2 million.
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