The BBC says the current set, which includes the Queen Vic pub, is decaying. © BBC
The BBC says the current set, which includes the Queen Vic pub, is decaying. © BBC

Contractor sought to rebuild EastEnders set

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
26 September 2016

The BBC is looking for a contractor to rebuild the entire EastEnders set in a deal worth £15m.

The corporation has issued a pre qualification questionnaire in a tender process to find a principal contractor, who will be responsible for replacing the current timber set with a permanent structure.

The existing set has lasted more than 30 years, since the soap first aired on 19 February 1985, and the BBC said it wanted to “create the new film set with a more authentic East London feel, built with the high quality materials required for high definition broadcasting”.

The contract runs for 26 months, with a two-year extension, and involves creating a copy of the current set at the BBC’s Elstree Centre in Borehamwood, Herfordshire.

The BBC’s supplier portal said: “The original external filming lot was constructed in 1984 by adopting the traditional scenic build method of applying a plaster brick covering to a plywood backing, which was in turn fixed to timber bearers and a structural frame with a short term lifespan.

“After more than 30 years, the existing lot is now decaying and the decision has been taken by the BBC to completely rebuild it in permanent materials in order to protect and future proof one of its most important programmes.”

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