Coronation Street boss hints at new Weatherfield arrivals after new set extension was revealed

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FROM ITV EMBARGO 12PM DECEMBER 1ST 2022 CORONATION STREET WEATHERFIELD PRECINCT OPEN FOR BUSINESS Coronation Street today proudly unveils its latest edition to the soap’s ever growing fictional universe - Weatherfield Precinct. The much mentioned precinct has been visited by the residents of Coronation Street for decades and now the first time viewers will be able to take trips to the shopping centre with their favourite characters. Today (Thurs Dec 1st) cast including Sally Dynevor, Antony Cotton, Jimmi Harkishin, Daniel Brocklebank, Channique Sterling-Brown, Elle Mulvaney, Tanisha Gorey, James Craven and Colson Smith officially declared Weatherfield Precinct open for business. The first scene will be filmed next week, 9 months since building work started on the new exterior set, and will air on January 13th. The impressive two storey construction features maisonettes, a staircase and balcony leading to the properties, a piazza and an array of accessible local shops and units, which enhance and extend the set based on the programme’s 7.7 acre site in Trafford, near Manchester. A children’s park and play area with swings and a roundabout adds extra scope for filming away from the cobbles. As part of the wider Weatherfield community, the precinct has often cropped up in the soap’s dialogue with characters heading off to the parade of shops. The new set will afford scriptwriters the chance to make the most of the show’s broadening horizons, creating opportunities to explore storylines beyond the cobbles of Coronation Street itself. Picture contact - [email protected] Photographer - Danielle Baguley This photograph is (C) ITV Plc and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms

CORONATION Street boss Iain McLeod hints new arrivals after unveiling new set The Weatherfield Precinct.

Last week, the ITV soap revealed its latest addition to the iconic set, The Weatherfield Precinct.

The cast celebrated the opening last week

The new precinct is open for business

It gives a peek into the wider Weatherfield for the first timeIt gives a peek into the wider Weatherfield for the first time

It sees the addition of a playground, a charity shop, an ice cream parlour and maisonettes waiting to be lived in. 

Writer Iain McLeod teased new scripts involving the new set and hinted some new arrivals.

Viewers will get their first look at the Precinct on 12th January 2023, where members of the cast finally stepping foot on the set.

The maisonettes will be giving room for new people to live in.

Iain told the press: “With every outside space that we have got, if we want to build a set for the inside space has to go in the inside studio somewhere.

“That studio is full to bursting but instantly when it first started arriving we were thinking ‘oh that character can live there, or that person runs away from their partner they can hide there’.

“So yes we are definitely already looking in terms of the residential spaces as to who might move in there at some point.”

Iain added how pleased he is with the new set saying: “It is exactly how I envisioned it.

“The design team and I spent a long time looking at photographs and the real-life precincts that are out there, we really nailed down what architectural period we wanted it to be.

“We wanted to feel very Salford and earthy and gritty, the sort of place where you might go in the daytime and buy an ice cream but might not want to go down there after dark because it’s full of kids and things like that.

“Really fun bits, the kid’s playground, an ice cream shop, a charity shop which is going to generate some stories for us in the not-too-distant future.

“But it has also got the doom which is where all the bad stuff happens, criminal assignation and all the rest of it so, it has got a little bit of everything.

“I went round it yesterday and I was thrilled to pieces with it I have to say, I became inarticulate.

“One of the head designers was there and all I could say was ‘I love it’. It is so great and the attention to detail, I am thrilled to bits.”

Head of Design Rosie Mullins shared with the Mirror: “Back in 2013 Coronation Street moved into its new home at Media City.

“With this move came exciting potential to continue to develop and expand our Weatherfield Community onsite.

“Weatherfield Precinct was inspired by the 1960s shopping precincts that we see across many areas of the UK.

“I wanted there to be aspects of the Precinct that people from all walks of live identify with.

“I cannot wait to see the arrival onscreen of Sweety Nuff dessert and milkshake shop, Gregory Pope Foundation Charity Shop, Rutland bakery, Pound Outlet and Bargainanza Pawnbrokers.”

There is a new playground for the children of the streetThere is a new playground for the children of the street

It features a collection of shopsIt features a collection of shops

A new dessert cafe looks like the place to beA new dessert cafe looks like the place to be

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