TEAMS IN SHOW OF PATIENCE
The Block Glasshouse foreman Keith Schleiger believes some of the show’s previous contestants would have lost the plot if they had to deal with the delays of this series.
He has praised the current contestants on the Nine Network’s reality renovation show for keeping cool heads in very trying circumstances.
His builders had to remove asbestos and shore up the structure of the building, which slowed teams’ progress.
“The contestants were quite good about it … we have held them up,” says Schleiger.
“In the past I think some of the contestants would have basically just simply lost it at me but that hasn’t occurred. This year’s bunch treated me very well.
“They understood that we had to do the right thing and fix the structure.”
While Schleiger didn’t name names, the show’s most fiery former contestants are arguably twins Alisa and Lysandra Fraser, who launched an F-bomb tirade after judge Shaynna Blaze scored their bathroom on The Block: Fans v Faves a five out of 10. The former police officers also accused Schleiger of favouritism in last year’s series.
Schleiger says the time frame on this series of The Block is virtually impossible.
“It was just one hell of a building project – it was a monster,” he says.
The Block site was formerly used to manufacture Victoria’s public transport smartcards, and decades ago it was the site of an old Ampol service station.
Schleiger says the street was rezoned and renumbered in the 1970s and therefore there wasn’t any way of knowing about the diesel tank before the site was selected for the show.
The Block contestants will be hoping for record prices when their Melbourne luxury apartments go under the hammer this weekend.
The Nine Network has announced The Block Glasshouse grand finale will be screened on Sunday.
Keith Schleiger, site manager of The Block.