Project manager Mace has been appointed to oversee the construction of the new Coronation Street studios and production facilities as well as ITV's new offices in Media City UK by 2012.
The studio facility will be built on a 7.7-acre site at Trafford Wharf, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum North and accessed by a new bridge across the waterway to the main Media City UK complex. The current set and ITV office at Quay Street in Manchester city centre will be sold.
Plans for the new base alongside the historic Manchester Ship Canal include a new external film set – built to greater scale than before to equip the soap for the demands of future broadcasting developments, whilst also replicating the original appearance of Weatherfield. The production centre would also include two sound stage buildings, specialist production facilities and offices, dressing rooms and meeting space for production staff and cast.
Mace is also project manager for the fit-out of ITV's office space within the Orange Building on the salford side of the canal.