Work begins on new Coronation Street in Salford

Corrie stars break ground on site of new Street where construction begins today

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Coronation Street may for ever live in Weatherfield, but it’s long been filmed on a set in central Manchester. Today, though, construction began on a new home for it in Salford’s MediaCity.

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William Roache, who has starred as Ken Barlow since the beginning in 1960, was at the site today with co-star Michelle Keegan to break ground. He said: “It’s over 50 years since I first walked on to a Coronation Street set, and now I’m here with Michelle, starting the build of our new home – the one that will take us well into this century – and it feels fantastic.”

He also said this isn’t the first time the street has moved. “The initial set was just a flat, put up in the studio. Then they built one that was just a front. And in 1982 the current one was built when the Queen and Prince Philip walked down on the first day that we used it.”

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The new site is near the Imperial War Museum, the Lowry – and the BBC’s new home, too. Construction is expected to take until 2013.