ITV’s Coronation Street unveils new Weatherfield Precinct set

Characters from the soap opera will now be able to visit a dessert shop, bakery, animal pound, charity shop, Chinese takeaways, and pawnshops in the new Weatherfield Neighborhood.

The 1960s-style units with a row of maisonettes above them have been mentioned by those living on the street for years but never really appeared on screen, until now.

Thursday, Sally Dynevor who plays Sally Metcalfe cut a red ribbon to officially open the set as other cast members set off confetti cannons in celebration.

Coronation Street Unveils New Weatherfield Precinct Set

Daniel Brocklebank, who plays vicar Billy Mayhew, told the PA news agency: “It’s fantastic. It gives me the opportunity to play more things.

“There is something brilliantly depressing about its dilapidated appearance.

“I think Billy will probably hang out in the charity shop.”

The construction work has been going on for nine months, with filming continuing around it and Thursday was the first time the actors had seen the finished product.

Elle Mulvaney, who plays Amy Barlow, said: “It’s mint. It’s the first time I’ve seen it and I can’t get over the amount of detail, it looks like it’s been there for years.

“It’s so good for the young actors to have the enclosure. It’s got to be fun.”

Bournemouth Echo: The Gregory Pope Foundation's charity shop in the new Weatherfield Precinct settingThe Gregory Pope Foundation Charity Shop in the new Weatherfield Precinct setting (Image: ITV/PA)

James Craven, who plays Aaron Sandford, added: “It looks like he was cut from Salford and brought here.

“Something is bound to start here!”

Thursday’s unveiling saw props in place, including a mobility scooter with a copy of the Weatherfield Gazette and a thermos flask in the basket.

There is also a children’s play area included in the new set.

Filming is due to begin on the new set next week with one of the first scripts filmed at the Gregory Pope Foundation’s charity shop, where Roy Cropper and Evelyn Plummer will offer their services.

Producer Iain MacLeod said, “Hats off to our design and build teams who conjured up a totally compelling new neighborhood for our drama.


“They were inspired by the many real-life commercial areas of Salford at the end of the 20th century and what they have created is a bright, characterful space to tell a wide range of stories.

“Expect to see teenagers hanging out at the dessert shop, families enjoying the playground and, after dark, a gallery of thugs, even sleazy business in the ginnels.

“I’m really excited to bring this much-discussed but never-before-seen corner of the Weatherfield universe to the screen.”

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