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Surely they won't be keeping the replica of Coronation Street where it is at Quay Street at the moment? A Coronation Street museum could be a real big attraction for Manchester, and I'd like to see it used to extend the City Centre Northwards/Westwards. Perhaps in Ordsall to fill the gap betwixt the City and SQ.

Middlewood Locks would also be an opportunity, but I'd really like to see Quay Street and that 35 acre site turned into a brilliant waterfront destination. An extension to Spinningfields, perhaps? What with Manchester's office supply now bursting at the seams, it wouldn't be too peculiar, surely?
 

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http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereve..._to_discuss_options_for_3sixtymedia_with_peel

ITV to discuss options for 3sixtymedia with Peel

December 19, 2010

ITV has confirmed that it is in discussion with Peel Media about options for the future of 3sixtymedia – the joint venture technical services operation formed in conjunction with the BBC. Based in Quay Street, Manchester, the company employs 100 people and was formed through the merger of technical staff from the BBC and ITV in 2000.

In the past it has made shows including Stars In Their Eyes and Coronation Street for ITV. It provides camera crews, sound technicians and lighting expertise for many of the ITV and BBC shows made in Manchester. Having confirmed a move for Coronation Street and other ITV Granada staff to Peel Media's MediaCityUK site at Salford Quays, ITV says that it is as yet unable to spell out exactly what will become of 3sixtymedia and its employees.

An ITV spokesman said: “We will continue to produce our core programming from Quay Street in the medium term with 3sixty.

“ In the longer term, ITV plans to take advantage of the shared studios at Media City using 3sixtymedia staff and we will be discussing options with Peel Media.”

ITV insist that there is no “question mark” over the jobs of people working at 3sixtymedia and that redundancies are not among the options being considered.

Any reduction in head count – or indeed terms and conditions – would be controversial, given that 3sixtymedia's employers are largely made of those transferred from ITV Granada and the BBC in Manchester.

A spokesman for BBC Studios Post Production said it was down to 3sixtymedia's management to comment.

One possibility is that 3sixtymedia staff could be merged into Peel Media's new studio business.

Joe Livesey, Manchester representative with the broadcasting union, BECTU, said that she currently had no concerns members at 3sixtymedia.

“ We have a good relationship with ITV,” she added.

Peel Media was not available for comment.

On its website, 3sixtymedia states that it is owned by ITV Studios/BBC Resources and based at The Manchester Studios.

It “provides studios, locations, post production and creative facilities to the broadcast industry.”
 

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It would be nice to hear whether there will be an ITV commissioning function with a decent budget attached to it based at Mediacity.

Instead all the publicity has been around the relocation of the Coronation Street set. Not even Confidential or How-do have dug beneath this most obvious and arguably least interesting aspect of the move.

What else does this move imply? What will be left behind? A vast campus with over 50 years of broadcasting heritage that has produced so many iconic pieces of television, one of Manchester's best post war buildings, one of Manchester's most important cultural buildings, the end of Granada as an entity and the final curtain for the great concentration of different cultural organisations around the Quay Street / Peter Street / Deansgate axis that thrived in symbiosis.

And all our current day media outlets can do is bleat about fecking 'Corrie Cobbles', whether the new campus is in Trafford or Salford or how we can contrive some sort of hideous Corrie themed attraction within the hollowed out carcas of a once great institution. Depressing.
 

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There's two small renders showing massing models of the new studios in the planning application. Not very big. Hence not posting them.
 

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It would be nice to hear whether there will be an ITV commissioning function with a decent budget attached to it based at Mediacity.

Instead all the publicity has been around the relocation of the Coronation Street set. Not even Confidential or How-do have dug beneath this most obvious and arguably least interesting aspect of the move.

What else does this move imply? What will be left behind? A vast campus with over 50 years of broadcasting heritage that has produced so many iconic pieces of television, one of Manchester's best post war buildings, one of Manchester's most important cultural buildings, the end of Granada as an entity and the final curtain for the great concentration of different cultural organisations around the Quay Street / Peter Street / Deansgate axis that thrived in symbiosis.

And all our current day media outlets can do is bleat about fecking 'Corrie Cobbles', whether the new campus is in Trafford or Salford or how we can contrive some sort of hideous Corrie themed attraction within the hollowed out carcas of a once great institution. Depressing.
i hate that building. whenever i look at it it just reminds of the bad old days of manchester.
 

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It would be nice to hear whether there will be an ITV commissioning function with a decent budget attached to it based at Mediacity.

Instead all the publicity has been around the relocation of the Coronation Street set. Not even Confidential or How-do have dug beneath this most obvious and arguably least interesting aspect of the move.

What else does this move imply? What will be left behind? A vast campus with over 50 years of broadcasting heritage that has produced so many iconic pieces of television, one of Manchester's best post war buildings, one of Manchester's most important cultural buildings, the end of Granada as an entity and the final curtain for the great concentration of different cultural organisations around the Quay Street / Peter Street / Deansgate axis that thrived in symbiosis.

And all our current day media outlets can do is bleat about fecking 'Corrie Cobbles', whether the new campus is in Trafford or Salford or how we can contrive some sort of hideous Corrie themed attraction within the hollowed out carcas of a once great institution. Depressing.
I think the reason no one is reporting this angle is because this horse has already bolted. ITV has taken the decision to centre all network decisions in London, and that means that the Manchester base has already suffered. The fact that ITV will hopefully have access to more high quality staff and facillities on their doorstep in Manchester might encourage them to invest more in the site, but it isn't going to immediately reverse the trend.
 

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i hate that building. whenever i look at it it just reminds of the bad old days of manchester.

Be careful what you wish for. Because when the site looks like Middlewood Locks or any one of the countless other "development opportunities" that encircle the city; sites that housed countless thousands of people earning a living helping to export Mancunian culture round the world and which now play host only to Buddleia and tumbleweed, you may regret wishing this building away.

Anyway, that is a side issue insofar as this thread is concerned. What would be more interesting would be to understand what aspirations ITV have for their Manchester base beyond CorrieCity:uk.
 

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I think the reason no one is reporting this angle is because this horse has already bolted. ITV has taken the decision to centre all network decisions in London, and that means that the Manchester base has already suffered. The fact that ITV will hopefully have access to more high quality staff and facillities on their doorstep in Manchester might encourage them to invest more in the site, but it isn't going to immediately reverse the trend.
Well quite. And yet this news has been greeted with almost universal positivity rather than the rather sad epitaph for ITV Granada as an institution and a production centre that it actually represents.

Full marks to ITV's PR. The timing of this news directly after Corronation Street's 50th anniversary hoop-la was a stroke of genius.
 

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Mace to rebuild Coronation Street at MediaCityUK

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Construction firm, Mace, will be managing the relocation of ITV and the Coronation Street set to MediaCityUK.

Its appointment follows the completion of the deal between the broadcaster and Peel Media last week.

Corrie will move to its new 7.7 acre site at Trafford Wharf, next to the Imperial War Museum North in 2012.

Plans for the site include an outdoor film set on a “greater scale” to make sure that it is prepared for future broadcasting developments. It will of course be replicating the original appearance of Weatherfield.

There will be 2 sound stages, production facilities, offices, dressing rooms and meeting space.

“Coronation Street is an iconic brand and our appointment as both project and construction managers for the project to replicate the set and everything that makes Coronation Street work is just fantastic appointment. The Coronation Street Project will underpin the future development of our Manchester Office and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with ITV on these exciting projects,” said Rob Ewen, director at Mace.

Mace will also be working on the fit-out for ITV Granada’s new offices at the Orange Building, which it will share with the University of Salford.
http://www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-...oronation-street-at-mediacityuk-201012219882/

Mace appointed to rebuild Coronation St

21st December 2010

By Mike Fahy - Assistant Editor

CONSTRUCTION firm Mace has been appointed as project and construction managers by ITV to handle its move to Peel's MediaCityUK site at Salford Quays.

The work will involve construction of a new Coronation Street set on a 7.7-acre site at Trafford Wharf in time for ITV's relocation in 2012. The Coronation Street site will be next to the Imperial War Museum North and will be accessed via a new bridge linking it to the rest of the MediaCityUK complex.

Plans for the site alongside the Manchester Ship Canal include a new external film set – built to greater scale than before to equip the soap for the demands of future broadcasting developments, whilst also replicating the original appearance of Weatherfield.

The production centre would also include two sound stage buildings, specialist production facilities and offices, dressing rooms and meeting space for production staff and cast.

Moreover, the firm is also overseeing the fit-out of ITV's office space within MediaCityUK's Orange building. This will include space for production and management teams, ITV's regional news and for support staff from across the business.

Rob Ewen, director at Mace, said: “Coronation Street is an iconic brand and our appointment as both project and construction managers for the project to replicate the set and everything that makes Coronation Street work is just fantastic appointment.

"The Coronation Street project will underpin the future development of our Manchester office and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with ITV on these exciting projects.”
http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news
 

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The Jeramy Kyle Show, A Question of Sport, Countdown, University Challenge, Granada Reports to name a few.
Kyle and the local news (dubious if that will stay anyway) are ITV. The others are already made for other companies, and would move production to MC if ITV moves or not.
 

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Revealed: World War Two bomb threat at new home of Coronation Street

Exclusive by Pamela Welsh and Bethan Dorsett

December 30, 2010

Developers working on building the new Coronation Street at Trafford Wharf may have to disable World War Two bombs before they start to build.

Television bosses have applied for planning permission for the new Granada studios at MediaCity, next to the Imperial War Museum North. As part of the move from Manchester city centre, Coronation Street will be rebuilt.

But, a report submitted to Trafford Council as part of the application shows that the former docklands area, where the new studios will be is considered a 'high' bomb risk.

The site where Granada will go is regarded as 'low to moderate' because it has been used almost continuously since the war, so any unexploded devices would have already been found.

The area around Salford Quays was heavily targeted by German bombers during the blitz in World War II. It is thought there maybe many unexploded bombs in the area.

As a result, a survey by geophysics company Zetica estimates that there are around 85 high-explosive bombs buried in the Salford Quays area – 40 on the Salford side, and 45 in Stretford.

The risk from the bombs can still be quite high - they often entered the ground unnoticed at high speed and penetrated to a depth of several metres. They could be disturbed by construction work and cause significant damage,

Mike Sainsbury, from Zetica, said: “We would advise the developers to undertake a detailed desk study on the history of the site during both world wars and if necessary, call in a company like ours. We can do various probes to find out if there are any bombs in the area.”

The MEN can also reveal other details about the new Coronation Street.

An external set dubbed the 'lot' will be an exact replica of Weatherfield including the Rover's Return and the now infamous tram line built on a larger scale.

An ITV spokesman explained: "The buildings will be bigger to equip the set for HD televisions and other broadcasting developments."

The future of the current Quays Street set is still being debated. The M.E.N has previously revealed Manchester Museum of Science and Industry is in talks with Granada about the possibility of getting hold of the soap's original cobbled streets but ITV declined to comment further on this proposal.

Around 170 people will work on the new Trafford site, which will be open 24 hours a day.The five studios and 400-space car park will be closed off but a waterside facing Salford Quays will be open to the public.

Cast members will also be encouraged to cycle or use public transport to get to work instead of driving. The show's new green credentials will be backed up plans to generate electricity from solar panels on the roof of the building.

The rest of ITV Granada's staff will move to offices on the Salford side of the MediaCityUK development in 2012.

ITV Granada has applied with Peel Media for full planning permission. Interested parties have until January 7 to send their comments to Trafford Council.
http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereve...bomb_threat_at_new_home_of_coronation_street_
 

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sounds like Corrie's next big storyline
 

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I'm quite sad that Coronation Street is moving. I won't be able to say "I've walked down there" when I see it on TV anymore. :(
 

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Time for a new script....

The site for the building of the new ITV studios and the new Coronation St plot have now been vacated by all the site offices and equipment from the building of the new MC bridge..I presume work will commence shortly on the new project.......





 
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