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Concrete expands to encompass 'The Facility'

Soho-based facility Concrete has expanded to encompass 'The Facility' at 62 Dean Street.

The expansion strengthens Concrete by allowing clients of both companies, further access to a wider range of high-end facilities and creative talent. The move also allows Concrete to broaden its services by opening its doors to producers of drama programmes and high profile broadcast projects.

Concrete will trade from both its current premises at 34-35, Dean Street and 'The Facility' at 62 Dean Street. Both locations will now operate and be branded as Concrete. 'The Facility' Directors Alex Goodes, Jason Kosbab and John Howard will join the board at Concrete Post and take on senior management roles.

"To join with a company like Concrete will allow us and Concrete to offer clients a fantastic range of post production services spread over two Soho sites." Jason Kosbab, Joint MD of 'The Facility' said.

This acquisition gives Concrete access to additional multiple editing and finishing suites as well as another 5.1 Pro-tools audio suite alongside the its existing six high-end HD compositing and grading suites, multiple editing suites, graphic design department, CGI and audio design facility. Concrete has also recently invested in Europe's first Stereoscopic (3D) Quantel iQ Pablo suite, which will form the basis of multi-format duplication, encoding and distribution services.

Also as part of its expansion plans, Concrete has hired a number of key talented staff members from Beach 74 (formerly ArenaP3) which went into administration recently. New additions to its staff include Business Development Manager, Anthony Hayward; Senior Editor, Jenny Wright; Editor, James Dale; Reiko Shimazaki on bookings; Dan Marsh and Audio Designer, Folu Ososanya.

Concrete's Joint MD, David Cox commented: "Combining Concrete, 'The Facility' and selected creative talent from the former Beach 74 allows us to provide more creative and flexible choices to our mutual existing clients, as well as being able to offer Concrete's high-end visual effects and finishing services to broadcast programme producers. Having a second location just 50 metres from our current address allows us more room to grow and react quickly to opportunities as they arise."