The BBC today announced plans to expand and rebuild parts of the EastEnders set at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
The filming location which has been home to the soaps exterior set for just under 30 years, will be made 20% larger than its current size, while maintaining its traditional on screen appearance.
In addition to being expanded, the set’s facilities are also due to be modernized and upgraded, improving conditions for cast and crew alike.
Now approved by the BBC Executive Board, provided no issues are encountered with regards to planning permission, development is scheduled to begin in the near future. If all goes according to plan, work should be finished in around four years from now.
In the meantime, a temporary set is to be built at Elstree Studios to avoid the interruption of filming. Once no longer needed as a filming location for the BBC One drama, the site may then possibly be opened up to the public for visitor tours.
The Beeb hope the updated set will allow for greater flexibility, giving EastEnders the opportunity for continued development as a show, and the ability to fulfill audience expectations for years to come.