13 Facts About Granada Studios


Old Granada Studios is a television studio complex and events venue on Quay Street in Manchester with the facility to broadcast live and recorded television programmes.

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Until 2010, the main building, Granada Studios House, had a red neon "Granada Studios TV" sign on the roof, which was a landmark for rail passengers travelling from the west into Manchester city centre.

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Granada Studios were managed by ITV Granada Studios and BBC Resources through a joint venture company, 3SixtyMedia from 2000 until 2013.

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Later that same year, the Granada Studios was sold for £26 million to Allied London and Manchester City Council.

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The studios' former office block, Granada House is being converted into a hotel and office space.

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Granada Studios were designed by Ralph Tubbs, but Sidney Bernstein was instrumental in influencing designs and giving regular plan briefings.

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In 2000, the Granada Studios were taken over by 3SixtyMedia, a joint venture between Granada Television and BBC Manchester.

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Granada Studios unveiled plans to move into the bonded warehouse adjacent to Granada Studios House in 2003.

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The discussions continued for many years but in March 2009, Granada Studios reported that due to the poor financial climate, it would remain at Quay Street "for the foreseeable future".

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Talks resumed in January 2010 after a change of management at ITV plc and Granada Studios announced on 16 December 2010 that it would move production and ancillary staff to the Orange Building in the MediaCityUK complex to produce Granada Studios Reports and production of Coronation Street would take place at a facility across the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park on Trafford Wharf.

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Granada Studios Tour operated from 1989 to 1999 and gave the public the opportunity to visit the Coronation Street set and explore other Granada productions.

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John Williams, head of studio operations at Granada Studios, promoted the project to provide a new revenue stream for Granada Studios, the only television company to embark on such a venture.

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In 1997, Granada Studios built Skytrak, a "flying roller-coaster" which tilted riders forward as the ride progressed.

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