Coronation Street unveils new two-storey Weatherfield Precinct set

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As the show moves to hour long episodes in a new 8pm time slot, the production crew has created a new Weatherfield Precinct exterior set.

The two-storey construction will feature maisonettes, a staircase and balcony leading to the properties, a piazza and an array of accessible local shops and units.

Weatherfield Precinct: ITV bosses have unveiled a brand new set coming to Coronation Street

Weatherfield Precinct: ITV bosses have unveiled a brand new set coming to Coronation Street

The new build will extend the set based on the programme’s 7.7 acre site in Trafford, near Manchester.     

According to Production Designer, Rosie Mullins-Hoyle, the development begins construction this week and will take six months to complete before the programme’s cast and crew can begin to film new storylines

She said: ‘We are extremely excited to be starting to build Weatherfield Precinct this week after a year of technical drawings, model making, visualising and planning. 

‘An incredible amount of research has been carried out focusing on 1960s local architecture and we are striving to create an authentic area of Weatherfield with a grittier vibe to the existing street that we know and love.

Change: As the show moves to hour long episodes in a new 8pm time slot, the production crew has created a new Weatherfield Precinct exterior set (Charlotte Jordan Evans pictured as Daisy Midgeley)

Change: As the show moves to hour long episodes in a new 8pm time situs judi slot terbaik, the production crew has created a new Weatherfield Precinct exterior set (Charlotte Jordan Evans pictured as Daisy Midgeley)

‘The build is being led by myself and Construction Manager Keith Eccleston and is a fantastic opportunity to use some of the amazing behind the scene talents we have on the show with bespoke joinery, scenic art work, graphic design and set dressing skills all being involved.

Rosie continued: ‘I cannot wait to meet the characters that may call it home and see the businesses that will be created and the storytelling potential of an old but new part of Weatherfield.’

As part of the wider Weatherfield community, the precinct has often cropped up in the soap’s dialogue with characters heading off to the parade of shops. 

Set: The two-storey construction will feature maisonettes, a staircase and balcony leading to the properties, a piazza and an array of accessible local shops and units

Set: The two-storey construction will feature maisonettes, a staircase and balcony leading to the properties, a piazza and an array of accessible local shops and units

The new set will afford scriptwriters the chance to make the most of the show’s broadening horizons, creating opportunities to explore storylines beyond the cobbles of Coronation Street itself. 

Coronation Street’s Series Producer, Iain MacLeod said: ‘The fabled Weatherfield Precinct has been much discussed, but little seen on the show in our 61 years, and I am really excited to be expanding the Coronation Street universe. 

‘The plans for the shopping area are drawn directly from the real-world Salford environs that inspired the show’s creator Tony Warren and exemplify the authenticity and ambition we still prize as we move to hour-long episodes this week.’

Located on the Manchester Ship Canal and directly opposite MediaCityUK, the Coronation Street production facility became the programme’s new home in 2014, and ever since the soap has continued to expand and invest in the site.

Production: According to Production Designer, Rosie Mullins-Hoyle, the development begins construction this week and will take six months to complete before the programme's cast and crew can begin to film new storylines

Production: According to Production Designer, Rosie Mullins-Hoyle, the development begins construction this week and will take six months to complete before the programme’s cast and crew can begin to film new storylines

The Victoria Street set, including Victoria Gardens, Speed Daal, the Weatherfield Tram stop, Trim Up North, George Shuttleworth’s funeral parlour and Edison Bailey’s builder’s yard, opened in 2018 with the soap’s legendary actress, Sue Nicholls cutting the ribbon at a specially convened ceremony.    

John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North said: ‘As we (hopefully) come out of Covid and start to stretch our dramatic legs again, it will be great to be able to play exciting new stories against a brand new backdrop. 

‘And it’s a testament to the confidence ITV has in the show that it is investing so much in our future.Mind you, I guess it won’t be long before we blow it up, burn it down or crash a tram into it.’

Future: The new set will afford scriptwriters the chance to make the most of the show's broadening horizons, creating opportunities to explore storylines beyond the cobbles of Coronation Street itself

Future: The new set will afford scriptwriters the chance to make the most of the show’s broadening horizons, creating opportunities to explore storylines beyond the cobbles of Coronation Street itself 


7 May 2022

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