Arcadis will help rebuild the set of long-running soap Coronation Street as part of ITVs new production facility in Salford Quays, Manchester.

The contract is for cost management and quantity surveying, and comes after the old set in central Manchester was partially blown apart by a runaway tram in an explosive plot twist to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary.

The new studios will house an indoor and outdoor Coronation Street set, as well as TV studios, sound buildings, production suites and actors’ dressing rooms.

Russell Bolton, director of buildings for Arcadis in the UK, said: “We are really pleased to be involved in one of the most prestigious and high-profile schemes currently in the region.

He said: “Arcadis has been working with ITV to plan this move in the region for a number of years so we have already developed a close working relationship with the client and are ready to get started immediately.”

Construction will begin in the first quarter of next year and finish in the second quarter of 2012.