Envy has ditched plans to open a new offline facility in Great Portland Street next month and will instead launch a larger one on Foley Street in January.

The new facility will cost£1.6m to set up, cover 10,000 square feet - with room for expansion next year - and initially house 32 offline suites, 10 more than the proposed Portland Street facility.

“This building is beautiful and unlike Portland Street it has space for expansion,” explained managing director and founder Dave Cadle. “We wanted to separate our offline from our online and finishing work, because they are undertaken at a different pace.”

A 16 terabyte Avid Unity Isis server will support project and media sharing for the 32 Avid Media Composer Mojo DX edit suites. There will also be three ingest stations and a Mac based encoding and graphics station in the offline support area.

Cadle said that the decision to not move into the Great Portland Street building had cost the company£20,000 in legal fees.

The Foley Street move will coincide with a re-organisation of some of Envy's current kit and£700,000 being spent on the Rathbone Place facility.

Approximately eight offlines will be moved into Foley Street, with an Avid Symphony, Avid Symphony Nitris and a Smoke replacing them. Rathbone Place will also get a second 5.1 dubbing theatre. The three Envy sites will be connected by a 1Gb fibre link.