New ITV studios for Coronation Street

Planning approval for new Coronation Street set

Trafford Council has granted planning permission for ITV's new Coronation Street set to be built at Trafford Wharf.

The news follows the announcement of ITV's plans to relocate from its Quay Street home in central Manchester to Media City UK.

The plans pave the way for ITV to build a new standalone facility on the 7.7-acre site next to the Imperial War Museum North and accessed by a new bridge across the waterway to the main Media City UK complex. The studios are due to be completed in 2012.

Gary Halman, partner at HOW Planning, advisor to ITV, said: "This has been a very complex and considered process for Granada as the move will be the first in its long history. It has been very timely however as Coronation Street has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and state-of-the art-studios, production facilities and a new set will be built at Trafford to allow a smooth transfer from the Quay Street campus in the city centre, which is no longer best suited to the company's needs.

"It's been a very exciting project for HOW to work on and we are delighted with the positive outcome."

The project manager for the move is Mace and the new set was designed by Jenkins Design.

ITV's offices will occupy several floors at the Orange Building within Media City.

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