The BBC is planning to build a brand new new exterior set at Elstree Studios in order to modernise the set.
Subject to planing permission, work on a new EastEnders set will start soon with an estimated completion date of 2018.
The new set is being built to ‘enable greater editorial ambition and improve working conditions for staff.’
A temporary set is said to be created on site to enable filming to continue while the permanent structure is rebuilt.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer, EastEnders, says: “This is a really exciting project and firmly demonstrates the BBC’s commitment to the future of EastEnders. We have ambitious plans for the show and the new exterior set will help bring those to life and better reflect the East End of London on screen for audiences. The bigger and improved set will increase the potential for storylines, increase quality and meet the demands of future technology requirements. Crucially, it will provide a greater sense of scale with more locations for our characters to spend time in, opening up new areas and opportunities that haven’t been possible before – all of which are in the best interest of our viewers.”
Kate Harwood, Head of Drama England at BBC Drama Production, says: “I’m glad the BBC Executive Board has agreed that this project is crucial to investing in the future of EastEnders. The improvements and modernisation are vital to the growth and development of the show. As we approach the show’s 30th anniversary, this is a really exciting opportunity to underpin the future of one of the BBC’s most important programmes.”
A press release from the BBC reads: ‘It is expected that preparatory work will begin at BBC Elstree later this year, followed by the start of the construction works for the temporary set in early 2015.’