The revamped set will first be seen on air on Friday 20 April

ITV has unveiled an extensive exterior set for Coronation Street, as part of a major revamp of Victoria Street, the street to the south of Coronation Street.

It supplements Coronation Street’s corner shop, café and newsagents and infamous drinking hole Rovers Return with a retail area, restaurants, an urban garden, a police station and Weatherfield North tram stop.

Real retail outlets have been added to the set for the first time thanks to relaxed product placement rules, with Costa Coffee and Co-op both setting up shop on Victoria Street.

The new set gives more filming options for the scriptwriters without requiring the need to go out on location.

Victoria Street also includes a memorial bench in memory of Martyn Hett (who loved the soap), and all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bomb in May 2017.

The new set took over three years to develop from original drawings to completion. Victoria Street is also cobbled, using cobbles reclaimed from Coronation Street’s former Quay Street home. The area has also been aged to appear as if it was build in same era as Coronation Street.

Kate Oates, series producer, said: “The Victoria Street extension represents an exciting chapter in Corrie history – an amazing new stage, full of dramatic potential. Our amazingly talented design team have created everything from scratch, but it still manages to have the feeling of always having been there, just around the corner.”

The new-look street will be first seen on Coronation Street on Friday 20 April.

2018 - Build facts and figures

• The set took 18 months of planning

• It took over eight months to construct

• Almost 1,000 people worked on the set build

• 150,000 working hours went into creating it

• 6,500 tonnes of concrete, 2,500 tonnes of stone, 200,000 bricks and brick slips and 350 tonnes of tarmac were used

• 7,000 reclaimed cobbles from the original Coronation Street were laid on Victoria Street.