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.
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.”
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.