Bill Roache starts work on new set

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Bill Roache and Michelle Keegan

Bill Roache and Michelle Keegan

'Coronation Street' stars Bill Roache and Michelle Keegan donned hard hats yesterday (06.09.11) to help start building work on the soap's new set, which is due to be completed in spring 2013.

'Coronation Street' stars Bill Roache and Michelle Keegan donned hard hats to help start building work on the soap's new set yesterday (06.09.11).

The actor and actress - who play Ken Barlow and Tina McIntyre respectively - were marking the beginning of work on the 7.7 acre site at Trafford Wharf, Manchester, which will become a bespoke stand alone production and studio centre for the show.

Joined by representatives from the 'Coronation Street' production team, ITV senior management, project partners and local councillors, Bill said: "It's over fifty years since I first walked on to a Coronation Street set, and now I'm here with Michelle, starting the build of our new home - the one that will take us well in to this century, and it feels fantastic."

Kevin Lygo, Managing Director of ITV Studios added: "Our move to MediaCityUK is an historic one that will continue our commitment to the North, ensuring our longevity as the major programme maker in the region and make us a crucial part of Europe's biggest media population. It is a very exciting time."

Building on the new site is expected to continue until spring 2013.  

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