High-end effects and editing house Big Buoy has spent£500,000 on new equipment and is currently refurbishing a new building on Beak Street.

The company has upgraded its Flame systems to 2008 software and added 4:4:4 HD monitoring. The editing department has also been kitted out with HD capable Avid Adrenalines.

Big Buoy has purchased six terabytes of Isilon storage, allowing its kit to share media over an Infiniband network.

Isilon is a clustered storage system that will accommodate new nodes as space requirements increase.

Big Buoy managing director Jim Allen said: “This new investment means we can be far more flexible in our approach to jobs, allowing us to scale and adapt to the requirements of each project. This is possible without us having to lose our boutique appeal by adding lots of new suites.”

Recent work completed by Big Buoy includes Oliver Twist, Cranford, The Virgin Queen and Viva Blackpool.

The new Big Buoy building will ready to move into in February of this year. The company is currently based at 50-54 Beak Street.