EastEnders New Albert Square set is £27 million over budget

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  1. Englishboy

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46521700

    The BBC's project to build a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expand the external EastEnders set will now cost £27m more than originally planned.

    The original 2015 forecast for the scheme was £59.7m, but the revised budget is now £86.7m, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed.

    The new set was originally due to open in 2018, but won't be ready until 2023.

    The BBC said the project was "large" and "complex", adding that there had been "challenges on the way".
     
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    Must have built two sets..one for Danny Dyer and another one for his massive Ego ;);)
     
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    Worth every penny!
     
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    Almost 90 million for a soap opera set? Really? Someone at the BBC is blowing coke up their ass.
     
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    Great! Now all those rumour fanatics can stop harping on about its cancellation for a good few years.
     
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    Lucky them. :danc:
     
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    This is amazing because US soaps would never get this treatment. I give the UK credit though because creating these large standing sets allows them to create a more versatile show visually instead of being limited to a few small one room sets. It’s a good investment and allows them to do more in terms of stunts and blocking. If the US soaps recreated this model I think they’d be a lot more successful.
     
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    I would guess the overspend is a direct result of government procurement processes which require companies to tender for work and the company, in this case the BBC, are obliged to accept the highest bidder. This encourages construction companies to bid low and over promise knowing they can add to the charges once they have their tender accepted and they start the work knowing it's too late for BBC to shift the work to another contractor without incurring even more costs.
     
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    The BBC imo would have been better to find a new site for the out door lot and done what Granada did at Corrie, why stay at Elstree?
     
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    Brookside did it right, they just took over a real cul de sac and filmed most scenes there. They could have sold the properties for a profit at the end but I understand it's all derelict now.
     
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    It was derelict for years but was bought by a developer, restored to its former condition and all the houses occupied. I paid a visit a few years ago and it’s just like walking into the show as it looks exactly the same as it did in the Eighties.
     
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