EastEnders has revealed the first look at its new £86.7 million set as filming begins in Borehamwood on the soap.

The former Albert Square set at the BBC Elstree Centre was built in 1984 but was no longer "fit for purpose", the BBC has said.

On Tuesday, filming commenced on the new and improved set, including in the famous Queen Vic, with scenes due to air in Spring 2022.

Borehamwood Times: The Queen Vic on the new set. Credit: BBC/PAThe Queen Vic on the new set. Credit: BBC/PA

After filming began in the new Albert Square, a BBC statement said: "The investment in the BBC's longest-running TV serial drama and wider BBC Elstree Centre, enables improved HD for our audiences and enhanced filming options.

"EastEnders production are now able to explore new areas on screen and writers, producers and directors have greater freedom to drive further creativity."

Borehamwood Times: On the new set of EastEnders. Credit: BBC/PAOn the new set of EastEnders. Credit: BBC/PA

The new set was originally due to be finished by 2018, at a cost of £59.7m.

In December 2018, the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that the project had gone £27m over budget.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the BBC was "complacent" and the project "was flawed from the start" but the BBC said it "strongly rejected" the "notion that there has been any complacency in managing this project".

Borehamwood Times: Albert Square on the new set. Credit: BBC/PAAlbert Square on the new set. Credit: BBC/PA

The serial drama returned to full-length episodes at the beginning of 2021 following a production break during the Covid-19 pandemic.