ITV has released the first official picture of Coronation Street’s new set at MediaCityUK, which is situated on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
The new 7.7 acre site allows for “greater production flexibility”, according to a statement issued today, which also states that “19 different different types of brick, seven types of mortar and a whole heap of cobbles” are required to bring the plans to fruition.
Construction is expected to continue until the end of 2013, while the date that Corrie moves away from its Quay Street site in central Manchester has yet to be finalised.
The current Coronation Street set was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982 and has been expanded and updated since that time. However, the site at MediaCityUK is expected to bring forth new changes. Back in December 2012, Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, confirmed that the famous cobbles will be made wide enough to let two cars pass each other:
“There will probably be loads of scenes written in with two cars passing each other,” Cotton commented. “They will be using exactly the same formation of cobbles as are in the current set but the street will be wider. At the moment, only one car can go down.”