Dock10 is investing £1m in a new system of hoists for its largest studio, HQ1.

Systems integrator LSI is supplying and installing the kit, which includes a new range of De Siti lights.

Work on the 12,500 sq ft studio is expected to be completed in early September.

“Until now, we have used trusses in HQ1, which can result in a slower turnaround of studios,” said Dock10 head of studios Andy Waters.

“It can take a couple of days to build a set for a programme like [CBBC show] The Slammer, which has walkways all the way up to the third floor.

“Using hoists rather than trusses allows us to put in sets and lights overnight.”

Meanwhile, Dock10 has appointed former Sunset + Vine head of production technology Emma Riley to the newly created role of head of business development.

Dock10 commercial director Ian Munford said: “Emma is well known in the industry for her detailed knowledge of the production process and insight into new ways of working.”