EastEnders' £87million replica set is FINALLY completed

EastEnders' brand new £87 million set is near completion after BBC producers set about rebuilding the show's iconic Albert Square from scratch at Hertfordshire's Elstree Studios. 

Fresh images show what the financial outlay has achieved in terms of breathing new life into the Square, with all of its popular landmarks faithfully restored by a team of dedicated set designers.  

What began as a rubble strewn patch of land adjacent to the show's original set has been transformed into the fictional East London enclave after builders returned to work following a disruption prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak and Britain's subsequent lockdown.    

Raring to go: EastEnders' brand new £87 million set is near completion after BBC producers set about rebuilding the show's iconic Albert Square from scratch at Hertfordshire's Elstree Studios

Raring to go: EastEnders' brand new £87 million set is near completion after BBC producers set about rebuilding the show's iconic Albert Square from scratch at Hertfordshire's Elstree Studios

While the Queen Victoria pub takes precedence, other familiar Albert Square landmarks have been rebuilt by the EastEnders production team. 

Beneath the show's famous railway line local businesses including Mitchell's Autos, the Polish supermarket, the E13 nightclub and show stalwart Ian Beale's fish and chop shop can all be seen. 

Authentic terraces houses and flats also jostle for position around the Square's small garden and it's network of narrow streets.  

There it is: The completed Queen Victoria pub is visible in all its glory as set designers add the finishing touches to the square

There it is: The completed Queen Victoria pub is visible in all its glory as set designers add the finishing touches to the square

No expense spared: The Polish supermarket, Mitchell's Autos, the E13 club, Walford market and Ian Beale's local chippie have all been faithfully rebuilt as part of the £87 million outlay

No expense spared: The Polish supermarket, Mitchell's Autos, the E13 club, Walford market and Ian Beale's local chippie have all been faithfully rebuilt as part of the £87 million outlay

The BBC was accused of 'complacency' over the astonishing £87 million bill for its new EastEnders set in March.

The project, nicknamed E20 after the soap's fictitious postcode, went £27million over budget and is not expected to be fully completed until May 2023, nearly five years late.

MPs said BBC bosses 'badly' managed the construction and that they made 'a serious error' by failing to consider what project management skills they needed. The public accounts committee said they secured a contract poorly, drastically increasing costs.

The committee also found that contract negotiations took six months longer than planned, partly because of discussions about what bricks to use

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