Strippadoor gets involved at the 'Rovers Return' ........... May, 13

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Strippadoor gets involved at the 'Rovers Return' ........... May, 13

After the fire of the Rovers Return, which damaged obviously the bar, there was further damage to the private area, the snug.

Here, Strippadoor was involved in this refurb too. We supplied the original cast iron tiled insert with the pine frame as a feature of the room, which will add a cosy and warm winter feeling.

Below is an article that has been taken from the Weatherfield Gazzette:


The redesign of the Rovers was a massive challenge, firstly because it was the first time in 25 years that the set had come out of stage 1. It is an iconic set, perhaps the most famous in the country, so there is a lot of pressure to get it right and do it justice.

I was given a brief from producer Stuart Blackburn that the pub needed to feel like the Rovers – it needed to keep its character, the changes needed to be suitable and people had to notice new things about seeing it after a few episodes. Stella had made a conscious effort to try to make it feel the same pub. In the back room she has picked out the same wallpaper she had before as this is her home and she wants it to feel like it did.

“The pub needed to feel like the Rovers – it needed to keep its character…” 

The work took approximately six weeks and a team of three painters, four chippys, an upholster, construction manager, setting team of four, a dressing team of four, two production buyers, a graphic designer and myself. Every aspect of it was carefully thought out down to the details.

The wallpaper was bought in bulk in case it discontinues as it potentially needs to last for the next 50 years! A couple of gallons of paint were used.

Stuart wanted it to feel like it had been kitted out with items from a pub that had shut down. I sourced a stained glass bay window online from a pub in Birmingham that had been knocked down. This was then used to create the glass partitions in between the booths. Additional reclaimed stained glass was sourced and used in the back bar optics which were redesigned. Both the seating and the new bar have an art deco detail to them adding to the theme that these have come from another old pub and are continuing their life in the Rovers.

The dressings were all sourced with the original Rovers in mind and with us not wanting it to look shiny and new. The Buyers sourced across the country to get every detail right – old Salford prints, brassware, hot plates, old pub stools and tables, establishing a pub poser table and a new juke box. Look out for the Rovers continuing to change in its first four weeks on screen and then subtly in time as it gets its life back. For instance the back room with vintage beer posters and day to day life memorabilia that will be add to over the years. We have just added a hand printed ‘Rovers Return’ dartboard. All of these details add to the character and history of the Rovers Return.


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