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Coronation Street On The Move

Delays At New Coronation Street Studios

Mace’s high profile construction of ITV’s new Coronation Street studios has been hit with delays after problems arose on part of the steel frame on the project.

Construction manager Mace has confirmed a problem with the steel frame on part of the new Coronation Street studios building in MediaCity, Manchester, has been identified.

According to three separate sources the steel frame began to move signi­fic­antly and beyond its design tolerances while concrete was being poured on the site in late May. Work was halted on the part of the site affected and the areas was cordoned off while the structure was assessed.

It is understood that the problems could lead to several months delay on the job. The job understood to be worth around £30m was originally set for completion in Spring 2013. It is understood that the project will not now be completed until near the end of 2013.

In a statement the firm said this work was being done with the “full involvement” of structural engineer Capita Symonds and the steel frame subcon­tractor William Hare.

The new ITV studios are being built on a 7.7 acre site at Trafford Wharf, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum North. The project includes a new external film set for Coronation Street, as well as two sound stage buildings, specialist production facilities and offices as well as dressing rooms and meeting space for production staff and cast.

In a statement ITV confirmed that Mace was “managing a construction issue on the new Coronation Street site, which has resulted in a slight delay to the build”.

ITV said it was still on track to begin its staged move from its current central Manchester base into the new office buildings at MediaCity in the autumn.



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