Coronation Street has officially launched Weatherfield Precinct.
The impressive two storey construction was declared open for business by various cast members on Friday (December 1).
Fans will get to see the much mentioned precinct on screen for the first time in the new year.
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The first scene will be filmed next week, nine months after work started on the new exterior set.
Weatherfield Precinct features maisonettes, a staircase and balcony leading to the properties, a piazza and an array of accessible local shops and units.
It also includes a children's park and play area with swings and a roundabout, which adds extra scope for filming away from the famous 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.
There is even a charity shop which will be one of the first sets to provide a new workplace for residents when Roy Cropper and Evelyn Plummer volunteer their services.
Producer Iain MacLeod said: “Hats off to our design and construction teams who have conjured a totally convincing new precinct for our drama.
"They took their inspiration from Salford’s many real-world, late 20th century shopping areas and what they have created is a brilliant, characterful space to tell a diverse range of stories.
"Expect to see teens hanging out at the dessert shop, families enjoying the play area and after dark, a rogues’ gallery, up to shady business in the ginnels.
"I am really excited by the arrival on screen of this much discussed but never seen corner of the Weatherfield universe.”
While making the new set addition, designers had sustainability in mind.
The precinct itself was built using the steel work at the back of Victoria Street and the staircase from the original Underworld factory set was reclad in brick slips.
A large amount of props were reused from the soap's prop stores and benches and seating with planters were made from recycled plastics.
Also, all the food items seen in the bakery windows were made by prop maker Lauren Heakin to prevent food waste.
Fans of the long-running ITV soap will be able to take trips to the shopping centre with their favourite characters when it first appears on screen on January 13.
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday on ITV1 and ITVX
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