Fa­mous old Cor­rie set is now streets apart from glory days

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Paul Brit­ton

NCREDIBLE new images cap­ture the sad de­cay of the old Coro- na­tion Street set.

Gone are the street’s fa­mous old cob­bles – it’s now a gravel path over­grown with weeds which wouldn’t look out of place in a Hol­ly­wood zom­bie film.

Homes and shops on the set are shown boarded-up and shrouded with plants and bushes.

It’s been four years since ITV bosses moved ●● the na­tion’s favourite soap to a new set at Traf­ford Quays. Af­ter a stint as a tourist spot for TV fans, the old stu­dio site is due to be bull­dozed for new devel­op­ment.

How­ever, the sight of huge weeds grow­ing up the side of Rita Sul­li­van’s Kabin newsagents, which stands empty with noth­ing on dis­play in its win­dows, will come as a sober­ing sight to many fans of the show.

Doors and win­dows have been re­moved from many of the set’s struc­tures, which stand boarded-up and derelict.

The fas­ci­nat­ing images re­veal­ing the set’s demise were cap­tured by urban ex­plorer Mark An­drew.

Mark, 23, said: “It looks re­ally old and there’s been a dra­matic change. It looked a right state – dirty and run down.

“There are no cob­bles there and I am not sure what is be­ing done with it.”

The old set be­hind Granada Stu­dios off Quay Street in Manch­ester was built in the 1960s but in 2015, bosses moved to Me­di­aCity in Sal­ford, where the soap is now filmed.

Our sis­ter pa­per, the M.E.N., told in March how de­mo­li­tion crews moved in to be­gin tear­ing down decades of TV his­tory by bull­doz­ing parts of the set, but the new images cast doubt on how far the project has pro­gressed since. The orig­i­nal cob­ble setts from the old set haven’t been dis- carded and are be­lieved to be be­ing kept in stor­age. The soap’s bosses said they could also make a wel­come re­turn as part of the new set.

Flats, of­fices and three ho­tels are set to be built on the site as part of the new St John’s Quar­ter devel­op­ment af­ter the 13-acre plot was sold by ITV in 2013 to Manch­ester Quays Ltd – a joint ven­ture be­tween Al­lied Lon­don and Manch­ester council.

The for­mer Granada House, de­signed by Ralph Tubbs in 1962, is set to be con­verted into a 210room ho­tel with restau­rant and bar areas on the ground floor and rooftop, ac­cord­ing to plans for the devel­op­ment re­vealed in May.

The old Coro­na­tion Street set has fallen into dis­re­pair and is over­grown with weeds

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