The first images of a brand new £30 million set of Coronation Street have been released by ITV with construction due to be completed by the close of the year.
Mace has been given the task of creating the new site for the popular soap at MediaCityUK in Manchester transforming the 7.7 acre site into the famous cobbled streets synonymous with the long-running television programme.
Work is due to continue throughout the remainder of 2013 with filming staying at the current set in Granada Studios where it has been since 1982. The project has encountered problems in the past with steel issues forcing the studio to be pulled down in October but these have been rectified and officials are hopeful that project will remain on track.
MediaCityUK in the north-west city has become a highly popular area for the nation's media with the BBC relocating a number of shows including Match of the Day, BBC Breakfast and The Football League Show from London to Manchester. ITV Granada also moved to the Salford Quays site in 2010 and Coronation Street's move will represent a major boost for the area. It has already established key links with the centre with a dedicated Metrolink stop running trams to the heart of Manchester and further afield.
A Mace spokesperson said at the time: “Mace confirm they are managing the reconstruction of the partially-built stage areas at ITV’s new Coronation Street production facility at MediaCityUK.
“This work is necessary due to the original steel frame of the stage areas showing signs of slight movement beyond acceptable construction tolerances."
Coronation Street is one of the nation's most-loved soaps and is still going strong since its first broadcast in 1960. It has captured the imagination of the general public on a number of occasions, most notably in 1998 when Deirdre Rachid was wrongly imprisoned.
The storyline prompted newspaper campaigns and also led to the then prime minister Tony Blair promising to intervene as thousands of people were outraged at the miscarriage of justice. The phrase "free the Weatherfield one" was splashed across newsstands all over the nation.
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