First look at epic £87m EastEnders set revamp shows Albert Square like never before – with Queen Vic overhaul.

EASTENDERS fans have been given their first look at the pic £87m set revamp which shows Albert Square like never before – with Queen Vic and famous station overhauled.

The BBC One soap has built an entire new set at Elstree Studios, diagonally opposite the current one seen on screen.

 EastEnders fans have been given their first look at the pic £87m set revamp which shows Albert Square like never before – with Queen Vic and famous station overhauled

EastEnders fans have been given their first look at the pic £87m set revamp which shows Albert Square like never before – with Queen Vic and famous station overhauledCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

Plans were first submitted four years ago and new drone pictures show that the all-new HD-ready Walford is really starting to take shape.

However, the replica is believed to have gone £27 million over budget - costing around £87m in total - with completion pushed back by two and a half years.

Viewers will now have to wait until around 2023 to see the residents of Albert Square in their new home.

But huge progress has been made this year, with the famous Queen Vic pub and its surrounding houses really taking shape but still surrounded by scaffolding.

 The new set is being built diagonally across from the current set at Elstree Studios

The new set is being built diagonally across from the current set at Elstree StudiosCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

 The new Queen Vic and surrounding houses are really starting to take shape

The new Queen Vic and surrounding houses are really starting to take shapeCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

 The current set was built in 1984 for when the show launched and was only supposed to be used for two years

The current set was built in 1984 for when the show launched and was only supposed to be used for two yearsCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

 30 years on, the show is finally getting a set which means it can be filmed in HD

30 years on, the show is finally getting a set which means it can be filmed in HD

 Drone pictures show how much progress has been made on the project, which has gone way over budget

Drone pictures show how much progress has been made on the project, which has gone way over budgetCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

 The new set is also two and a half years away from being ready to use

The new set is also two and a half years away from being ready to useCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

 Viewers won't see the new set on screen until around 2023

Viewers won't see the new set on screen until around 2023Credit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

 Albert Square is getting a new rail bridge and rail line

Albert Square is getting a new rail bridge and rail lineCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

Fans will also get some new additions to the Square, with a block of luxury flats, a railway tunnel and line also being built on the plot.

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

EastEnders isn't currently filmed in HD as show bosses fear it would highlight the materials used for the set to viewers at home.

Instead, the new set - known as the 'front lot' - will be built from brick and will allow the show to be filmed in high definition.

 A new block of flats are also being built on the new set

A new block of flats are also being built on the new set

 The new set is built with brick while the current one is constructed with steel frames and plywood

The new set is built with brick while the current one is constructed with steel frames and plywood

 Residential houses surround the Walford set in Elstree

Residential houses surround the Walford set in ElstreeCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

There will also be a 'back lot' which will give the show extra locations to film in and will "better reflect modern East End London".

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."

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