EastEnders’ new £87m set is almost finished as builders put the final touches on Albert Square

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EASTENDERS’ new £87m set is almost finished as builders put the final touches on Albert Square.

The BBC One soap has built an entire new set at Elstree Studios, diagonally opposite the original currently shown on TV screens.

EastEnders’ new set to prepare the soap for HD filming is almost finished

With most of the building done, builders are now adding the final touches including shop fronts.

New drone pictures show signs for the Launderette, Polish delicatessen and Turf Accountants have been put up.

The all-new Walford is nearly finished – four years after plans were first submitted.

The revamped Queen Vic is in the final stages of development and is waiting for a lick of its famous red paint.

The signage for the Polish delicatessen has gone up

Turf Accountants also has a new sign

The launderette has also had a makeover

Workers have no doubt been working tirelessly to help put the set together, which also includes a block of luxury flats, a railway tunnel and line.

The new set will replace the show’s original one, which was built in 1984 from steel frames, plywood and plaster brick panels.

The Queen Vic is looking bare as it waits for a lick of its famous red paint

Victorian style terraced houses line the square

The new shops are almost finished

The traditional windows have already gone in to the Queen Vic

Blocks of flats have been built to bring Albert Square up to date

The Square is taking shape

The railway line cuts across the set

However, viewers will have to wait until around 2023 to see the residents of Albert Square make use of their new home.

The BBC said in a statement: “The set of EastEnders was built in 1984 and only intended for use for two years.

“Over 30 years later, the show remains one of the BBC’s flagship programmes and yet is filming from a set that is no longer fit for purpose.

There are stairs onto the roof of the pub

It looks like landscaping on the square will start soon

The new set will allow the soap to be filmed in HD

Viewers will see the results on screens from 2023

 

“The new set will be suitable for HD filming for the first time and extend Walford to better reflect modern East End London.”