Five couples, six floors, 80 rooms, one massive new series of The Block and the winner will be decided by the toughest judges of all — the buying public.
The Block has never been so challenging... This year, we're taking it to a whole new level. Well, five levels.
Host Scott Cam says, "When it comes to The Block, one thing's for sure — we love surprises. We just don't like to be predictable. So when we stumbled across this old hotel we realised we could set a challenge for our new contestants like no other.
"The biggest Block ever is here, and I honestly don't know how they'll do it. It's just massive. Six storeys of solid concrete construction and they will have to pull the whole thing apart and start again."
In a contest to complete the best renovation and sale, The Block Sky High contestants will face the daunting challenge of converting each floor of a tired, former South Melbourne hotel into one amazing, high-end, house-sized apartment.
In just 10 weeks they must "demo and reno" more than 80 rooms and transform each floor of the hotel into a 220-square metre luxury apartment complete with three bedrooms and five bathrooms, with open plan kitchen, living and dining, plus a huge enclosed terrace.
And when they've finished that, they will take on the common areas including a sumptuous roof terrace with 360-degree views of Melbourne.
All this while coping with the demands of living among their renovations, abiding by council restrictions, adhering to a tight budget, dealing with the unpredictable twists and turns of both The Block and the renovation game... not to mention being filmed by The Block crew 24/7, warts and all.
For the first time ever it's state versus state, with five couples from around the nation going head to head.
Each couple will receive a base budget of $80,000 in cash topped up with vouchers, then they're on their own. They will sink or swim, depending on their creativity and their ability to design, plan and execute 'wow'-factor renovations on a budget.
The Block's host Scott Cam and "challenge queen" Shelley Craft will be taking the teams off-site to compete in challenges where they have the opportunity to win much-needed cash and prizes to help with their renovation.
Keeping an eye on the quality of their work will be our "Blockinator", foreman Keith Schleiger, and the judges of weekly room reveals, Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer.
When the time comes to sell at auction, the couples are responsible for that too. Each couple must engage a real-estate agent as well as oversee the marketing of their property for sale, fully furnished. Everything they put in over 10 weeks of renovation — every appliance, fitting and furnishing — goes to the buyer.
In the tradition of The Block, each couple will keep the profit from the auction of their own property. And after the last auctioneer's gavel goes down, the couple whose property makes the most over reserve wins an additional $100,000.