The former set of Coronation Street is to be demolished to make way for a plush new hotel complete with rooftop pool.
Manchester City Council has given the green light to plans to take down the old Granada Studios, including the old Corrie set, before a multi-million pound development is constructed in its place.
Billed as Manchester’s new neighbourhood for ‘culture, enterprise and living’, the first phase of the St John’s new development has just been given the go ahead.
The new 2.8m sq ft of work and event space will be home to art venues, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, homes and hotels.
The former Granada House building will be transformed into a plush hotel, complete with a private member’s club and rooftop pool.
A cinema, bards, and performances and art spaces, will also be built nearby.
The original masterplan for St John’s development, which comprises 13 acres, was first adopted by the council in February.
Eventually Allied London hopes to build three hotels and up to 2,500 new apartments in eight towers fronting the River Irwell.
The old Corrie set on Quay Street was first built in the early 1980s and is currently being used as a ‘temporary’ visitor attraction following ITV’s move to MediaCityUK. Tours there will finish at the end of the year.
The ITV soap was filmed there from 1982 until January 2014. More than 2,000 people signed an online petition in the hope of preventing the set from being demolished.
Building work at the site could begin as early as next autumn.