The redbrick set of Coronation Street has failed to win English Heritage listed status as an historic building.
Corrie’s current set of terraced houses and shop fascias has stood at Granada Studios in Manchester since 1982, but ITV is building a new set for the soap at Media City in Salford, where the broadcaster intends to relocate next year.
English Heritage had been approached in the hopes of preserving the current Mancunian set, but the government body has decided that Coronation Street does not meet their criteria owing to its age and other problems relating to the buildings’ historic and architectural value.
“Most of the houses do not have interiors and therefore exist as facades, and most of those have been altered. The set as it stands today is an active reminder of the long-running television programme, rather than a survival of an earlier era of television productions,” said English Heritage’s ruling.
“There is no question that Coronation Street is a television institution and holds a huge place in many people’s hearts. While listing is not appropriate for the set, a better solution could be for a local group or organisation with an interest to care for it and allow fans from all over the world to visit and enjoy it.”
Since first appearing on TV in 1960, Coronation Street has had three sets including its current one. The first was built inside Granada TV’s production space and the second was built outside, but proved less popular with the show’s staff because it was constructed at an angle which caught the wind.
Earlier this year, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry – which is situated adjacent to Corrie’s Quay Street base – ruled out turning the current set into a visitor attraction. MOSI director Jean M Franczyk commented:
“There’s going to be someone out there who is probably the best in the world at running a Coronation Street visitor attraction, but it’s not going to be the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. That’s not our role. We have so much work to do in celebrating the historic site and contents we already possess. Coronation Street is for someone else.”