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