EastEnders is expanding. The BBC soap has been granted approval to rebuild and develop the show's exterior set at Elstree.
The new build is expected to be completed in 2018, and will help secure the long-term future of the show and the site, Digital Spy reports.
The expansion will mirror the appearance of the existing buildings, but will make the set 20 per cent bigger to allow for more ambitious storylines and improve staff’s working conditions.
In the meantime, a temporary set will be created on site to enable filming to continue while building gets underway.
"This is a really exciting project and firmly demonstrates the BBC's commitment to the future of EastEnders," said executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins.
"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."
The revamp comes ahead of the show's landmark 30th anniversary next February.
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