EastEnders bosses have confirmed plans to continue expanding its set, with redevelopment set to take place at the BBC's Elstree site.
The planned expansion will see new structures and facades placed onto the soap's previous Albert Square lot, including a new warehouse location and a collection of shops and houses.
"The new plans are part of the continued redevelopment of the Elstree site and sit within the existing budget," a BBC spokesperson confirmed to Digital Spy.
The plans will provide additional filming locations on-site for EastEnders cast and crew, allowing for creative opportunities for production and writers as well as reducing the need for crew to film off-site.
Redevelopment of the previous Albert Square site comes a year after the soap moved to a brand-new set.
The new, upgraded set sits opposite the previous site at Elstree Studios, allowing for the soap to be filmed in HD. The old set, which had been built in 1984, had only been intended for two years of use.
The redevelopment plans follow an exciting year ahead on Albert Square, after the soap's anniversary episode teased a huge death twist coming this Christmas.
Show boss Chris Clenshaw expanded on the decision to include the flashforward, explaining that storyline will being to come together across 2023.
"As we saw in the flashforward scene, there are six women stood over a dead body, which we know is male. Over the next ten months, expect to see each of these women have huge stories, involving potential victims, which will all collide at Christmas," he said.
EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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