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neonemesis188 posts since 23 May 2012
London London
The new Albert Square has been started (at last) with a completion date of late 2019 early 2020.


Time to repost a snip of one of the sections from the planning application that gives a view on what the new Albert Square will look like. Perhaps this is why they are ramping up storylines about development in Walford...

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TROGGLES1,151 posts since 3 Sep 2005
London London
If anyone follows the storylines in EastEnders it will be easy to see that the move was planned to the new set much earlier. The storylines which included the buying up of businesses and running down of the neighborhood were supposed to mask the move. The planned demolition of the block of flats which the Beale family used to live in was also recently rewritten explaining that demolition was 'postponed' after a residents campaign as was the development of the new apartments.
There has been a considerable delay to the scheme, not to mention changes of mind from senior management over the site. It would appear that a decision has finally been made to stay at Elstree... that's jinxed it!
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noggin14,646 posts since 26 Jun 2001

There has been a considerable delay to the scheme, not to mention changes of mind from senior management over the site. It would appear that a decision has finally been made to stay at Elstree... that's jinxed it!


But not until they have formally opened the new set...
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Rkolsen2,932 posts since 20 Jan 2014
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The new Albert Square has been started (at last) with a completion date of late 2019 early 2020.


Time to repost a snip of one of the sections from the planning application that gives a view on what the new Albert Square will look like. Perhaps this is why they are ramping up storylines about development in Walford...

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Are some of the upper floors of the new buildings used as stages for the show or could they be used for production offices.
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noggin14,646 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The new Albert Square has been started (at last) with a completion date of late 2019 early 2020.


Time to repost a snip of one of the sections from the planning application that gives a view on what the new Albert Square will look like. Perhaps this is why they are ramping up storylines about development in Walford...

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Are some of the upper floors of the new buildings used as stages for the show or could they be used for production offices.


Historically a large number of the backlot properties were just shallow 'frontage' - with no practical interiors at all, other than enough to allow a front door to open realistically. This was certainly the case for the houses on Albert Square. Most of the EastEnders interiors are shot separately in a studio with removable flattage to allow for more flexible lighting (so you shoot three wall a lot of the time, rather than four wall) and use decent Fisher booms for sound rather than personal mics or poles.

There are exceptions - like the Minute Mart shop and the Chippy, which have practical interiors. The new lot design - which is currently under construction - looks to have more actual interior space, but it doesn't look that practical for day-to-day production usage, and given that there is no major shortage of office space on the BBC Elstree site AFAIK I don't see the need for that.
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thegeek5,107 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
When Corrie moved to Trafford, they took the opportunity to build things like make-up rooms and crew rest areas into the insides of the buildings on the street. Interiors are still shot in a nearby studio.
TROGGLES1,151 posts since 3 Sep 2005
London London
The light boxes are new but the original signs were kept - most of the stuff that went missing were the black direction signage which could be easily pocketed.
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Blake Connolly1,800 posts since 21 Apr 2001
London London
Walked past on the way into work this evening and noticed the front of TC1 was being lit up in multicoloured lights. Still a bit of work being done in the forecourt but it looks like it won't be long before it opens.
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