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The Gatwick Ho­tel may not be the big­gest build­ing ren­o­vated on The Block, but it comes with its own quirks chal­leng­ing enough to leave am­a­teur ren­o­va­tors shell-shocked.

Nine’s long-run­ning re­al­ity reno show re­turns for a 14th sea­son, and five fresh-faced teams will have just 11 weeks and a bud­get of $220,000 to trans­form the no­to­ri­ous Gatwick into five lux­ury apart­ments.

“There’s 150 tonne of steel go­ing in which is an enor­mous amount of steel,” host Scott Cam says. “I think peo­ple are pretty shell-shocked.

“When it was a tim­ber­framed home (like last year) it was achiev­able … but I think these guys are look­ing at it as al­most un­achiev­able; it’s too hard and too big and too much con­crete and de­mo­li­tion.”

At least the teams had the ad­van­tage of know­ing where they would be ren­o­vat­ing be­fore film­ing started, right?

“Our con­tes­tants are still sur­prised by the amount of work re­quired,” Cam says.

“They knew they’d be ren­o­vat­ing the Gatwick but when you speak to any of the con­tes­tants they (ad­mit) never re­ally re­al­is­ing how in­tense it is and how quickly they have to make de­ci­sions on the spot.”

The teams will com­pete in a 48-hour kids’ bed­room chal­lenge to de­ter­mine who gets first pick of the apart­ments.

Three of the apart­ments are lo­cated within the old, her­itage part of the build­ing, while two grand pent­houses will be newly con­structed on the roof.

As al­ways, Cam acts as me­di­a­tor, sound­ing board and dis­ci­plinar­ian. “There have been lots of melt­downs, but just in­ter­nal melt­downs within cou­ples as op­posed to cou­ple ver­sus cou­ple,” he says.

Shel­ley Craft re­turns as co­host along with judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Dar­ren Palmer, fore­man Keith Sch­leiger and his right-hand man Dan Reilly. The Block pre­mieres on Sun­day at 7pm on Chan­nel 9

Scott Cam is back as host of Nine’s The Block.

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