ITV’s Coronation Street move hit by steel fault

Construction of the steel frame for the soap's new set in Media City UK has halted after contractors on the high-profile relocation discovered structural problems.

Construction and project manager Mace said there was no risk of collapse or exclusion zone set up.

A spokesman for Mace said: "Mace confirm that work is in progress to identify the most appropriate strategy to remediate the steel frames of the partially built stage areas of the Coronation Street production facility.

"This work is being done with the full involvement of Capita Symonds Structures, consultant structural engineer, and William Hares Limited, structural steel trade contractor.

"Mace confirms that the site is safe and operates under all relevant HSE legislation. Works to the main support building, the Coronation Street lot and all other areas of the site are continuing."

It is understood the problem relates to excessive movements in the steel frame when concrete was poured on the site in Trafford Wharf Road, on the Trafford side of Media City UK in the Quays.

A spokesman for ITV said: "ITV's construction manager, Mace, confirm they are managing a construction issue on the new Coronation Street site, which has resulted in a slight delay to the build. Construction of the main building and the Coronation Street lot, continues uninterrupted, as does production of the show at the current Quay Street site and we remain on track to begin ITV's move to the new Media City UK base in the autumn."

Designed by Jenkins Design, the new TV studio for the long-running soap is being built on a 7.7-acre site next to the Imperial War Museum North and linked by bridge to the main Media City UK campus.

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