A moving story
For over 50 years, charmingly positioned cobbles on a quaint street in Salford, Manchester played host to Britain’s most popular soap. Coronation Street is watched by 9.5 million viewers per episode, so when it was announced that the nation’s favourite street was moving across the city to MediaCityUK, it got everyone’s attention, and as project and construction managers we were once again thrown into the limelight.
Yet the biggest twist in the tale was yet to come when ITV explained that we were required to not only reconstruct the largest stand-alone production facility for any single television programme in Europe, we were also asked to do so without anybody being able to see the difference. We set about meticulously recreating the UK’s best known street, including 54,000 cobbles, in a tale of reinvention meeting avid attention to detail.
“The most challenging piece of the jigsaw has been to rebuild Coronation Street - terraces, pavements, cobbles and all the fine detail of Weatherfield. It has been the most incredible experience. Hundreds of people have been involved in delivering what you will see today, their craft and attention to detail has been amazing and they should be collectively proud of what they have achieved”
Cobble by cobble
The scheme had a number of storylines, not only was this the like-for-like replication of the most famous street in Britain, but the construction of a next-generation production facility comprising four studio buildings and a studio support building that will house actor, production and post-production facilities.
So with a brief to build something new and improved, yet ensure every fine detail of Weatherfield was restored, we were presented with a unique challenge that called on the full range of our expertise. We set about overcoming the complexity of the brief brick by brick, cobble by cobble, terrace by terrace, and puddle by puddle.