Arcadis is to begin cost management and quantity surveying services for a television production facility that involves rebuilding the set for television soap Coronation Street.
The new production and studio centre for ITV at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, Manchester will house an exact replica of the Coronation Street film set on which all subsequent episodes will be filmed, as well as a modern, creative hub of TV studios, two sound stage buildings, specialist production suites, news facilities and actors’ dressing rooms. The investment coincides with Coronation Street’s 50th anniversary this year.
The standalone site is situated alongside the historic Manchester Ship Canal on a 3.1ha plot at Trafford Wharf. It will include a new external film set – built to greater scale than before to equip the soap for the demands of future broadcasting developments, while replicating the original appearance of the fictional location of Weatherfield. The scheme will be accessed by a new bridge across the waterway to the main MediaCityUK complex.
Construction will begin on site during the first quarter of 2011 and is due for completion in the second quarter of 2012.
“We are really pleased to be involved in one of the most prestigious and high-profile schemes currently in the region,” said Arcadis director, buildings Russell Bolton. “Arcadis has been working with ITV to plan this move in the region for a number of years.”
“ITV is already one of the UK’s biggest investors in original content and as we progress our Transformation Plan which is focused on growing our national and international production and broadcasting business, it is vital that we have a modern, fit-for-purpose, creative hub outside of London,” said ITV chief executive Adam Crozier.
“Coronation Street is an incredible brand and as we celebrate its 50th anniversary, it’s fantastic news that we are able to invest in the construction of a modern production centre to ensure that the nation’s best loved soap remains at the top of its game for another half a century.”