The Block 2021

The Block 2021: Workers partially demolish the five Melbourne homes

PHOTO: Getting ready: After a successful 2020 season – which saw the winners break records by taking home more than $1million in profit – the new project is set to be bigger than ever. Pictured: The Block judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer 

It was confirmed last week that Nine producers had snapped up five homes in a leafy Melbourne cul-de-sac for $11.5million, in preparation for the upcoming 2021 season.

And on Monday, construction began to partially demolish the properties on Bronte Court in Hampton – including one which a concerned neighbour battled to get heritage listed.

A whole team of workers arrived at the houses this week, with an excavator in tow to begin knocking down sections of the homes for them to be renovated next year.

Blank canvas: On Monday, construction began to partially demolish parts of the five homes Nine snapped up in Bronte Court in Hampton, Melbourne - including one which a concerned neighbour battled to get heritage listed

Blank canvas: On Monday, construction began to partially demolish parts of the five homes Nine snapped up in Bronte Court in Hampton, Melbourne – including one which a concerned neighbour battled to get heritage listed

It’s sure to cause anger for some, after one neighbour argued that one of the recently-renovated houses – originally designed by architect designed by Neil Clerehan – should be considered as a heritage site.

An interim protection order request was made to Heritage Victoria by a local committee member, but it was denied due to lack of evidence.

The Block‘s executive producer Julian Cress recently denied the homes would be completely demolished, telling Domain: ‘Most people who follow the program understand The Block is a renovation program, it’s not a demolition program.

‘We are not in the business of demolishing houses.’

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