The BBC has announced that it is to rebuild and expand the exterior set of EastEnders at the soap's Elstree home.
Subject to planning permission, work will begin soon, with completion expected in 2018.
The series has been filming on the existing set for almost 30 years and the new set will be 20 per cent bigger.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins, EastEnders' Executive Producer, said: "This is a really exciting project and firmly demonstrates the BBC's commitment to the future of EastEnders.
"We have ambitious plans for the show and the new exterior set will help bring those to life and better reflect the East End of London on screen for audiences."
He continued: "The bigger and improved set will increase the potential for storylines, increase quality and meet the demands of future technology requirements.
"Crucially, it will provide a greater sense of scale with more locations for our characters to spend time in, opening up new areas and opportunities that haven't been possible before - all of which are in the best interest of our viewers."