New Coronation Street set: how they built it – gallery

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After 53 years at its Granada base in central Manchester, Coronation Street is on the move to its new purpose-built, state-of-the-art home in Trafford. The street itself is now 2.5 feet wider to allow cars to pass with ease; over 400,000 facing bricks have been used on the lot (144,000 of which were reclaimed from a derelict Salford street); while eagle-eyed fans will have spotted the extra window upstairs at the Rovers Return.

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“We want our new home to be a wonderful place in which to work and produce great television drama – and I am sure it will be,” executive producer Kieran Roberts said today. “But we don’t want viewers switching on one week and saying, ‘what have they done to the street?’ Everyone on the Coronation Street team works with tremendous skill and a real passion for the show, yet Coronation Street doesn’t belong to any of us. It’s not our street. It’s the nation’s street.”

So to see the evolution of this latest incarnation of “the nation’s street”, check out our gallery of its construction below:

July 2012 – the footprint of the new Street starts to take shape

February 2013 – the rooftops of the modern terraces are added

April 2013 – brickwork nears completion on the terraced street

April 2013 – more brickwork on Dev’s shop and a glimpse of Mawdsley Street

July 2013 – the famous cobbles are laid

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November 2013 – our reporter David Brown attends the grand unveiling