Contractor wanted for Albert Square rebuild

The BBC is looking for a contractor to build a new set for EastEnders, to replace plywood scenery with purpose-built permanent buildings.

Albert Square, Walford
Above: Albert Square, Walford

Estimated contract value is £15m.

The current Albert Square set has lasted for more than 30 years, following the programme’s first broadcast on 19th February 1985. It was constructed using 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.

The BBC is now looking to build a replica in permanent materials next year at its Elstree studios in Hertfordshire to create a set with a more ‘authentic’ East London feel that won’t be shown up by high definition broadcasting.

Further information on the prequalification questionnaire can be found by clicking ‘Current Opportunities’ at The response deadline is 14th October 2016.