Neptune house

Building sign above entrance

Neptune House was an office block in Nelson Street, Weatherfield where the Clarion Group newspaper corporation was based. In 1988, Nick Cavanagh bought Bob Statham's majority share of the Weatherfield Recorder and moved the paper into Neptune House.

In July of that year, the Clarion Group went into receivership and the offices were locked up. After finding out that Cavanagh never paid Statham for his share of the Recorder and therefore never owned it, the paper's co-owner Ken Barlow and Nick's daughter Fiona broke into the offices to get the paste-ups, risking police action should they be caught. This allowed them to get that week's edition out, saving the paper. By the following week, the receivers had established Ken's ownership of the Recorder and allowed him into the offices. After buying Statham's share, Ken rented premises on Curzon Street.

Thirty years later, Weatherfield's Mayor Sally Metcalfe awarded a grant of £40,000 to the May Way Foundation charity, which was based in Neptune House's fifth floor. Suspicious of the charity's director Duncan Radfield, Sally's husband Tim Metcalfe and Steve McDonald went to inspect his office and found that it had been cleared out. Sally later discovered that the charity had gone bust some months earlier and Duncan had conned her.

The outside of the building appeared in Episode 2844 (4th July 1988). The Recorder office during this phase of its existence was never seen. For its second appearance, in Episode 9506 (13th July 2018), recording took place in the offices of Quay Street studios, the former home of Granada Television. The building was not named in dialogue but its name and street address were displayed on Tim Metcalfe's mobile phone.
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