Coronation Street‘s former set is to be demolished it has been confirmed.
Production on the ITV serial ceased at the Quay Street studios in Manchester in December, with the site opening as a tourist attraction in April.
Developer Allied London is planning to replace the iconic backlot at the former Granada facility with flats, shops and offices, with work expected to begin next year.
The company paid an estimated £26m to become the new owners of the site where the popular soap was filmed for over 50 years.
“Coronation Street’s new home is at MediaCityUK and the tour at Quay Street was always for a limited time.
“Although we can’t confirm the official closure date – once the tour has closed, ITV will return the site to Allied London with the Coronation Street lot removed.” – ITV
The final street exterior at Quay Street, which fans still have the opportunity to visit until October, was built in 1981 and became, at one point, the focus of a listed status application.
English Heritage declined the application as it felt the “complex was not sufficiently historic or architecturally significant to be listed”.
Production commenced on Coronation Street at its new home of MediaCity UK, Salford in January.