Nats Post Production splinter facility Halo has spent£1.5m on opening a new facility in Great Portland Street.

Directors Alan Jones, Adrian Brindle (both online editors) and John Rogerson (dubbing mixer) have been running Halo out of five rented suites at facility ArenaP3 for a year but plan to increase the facility fourfold with the move. It will have 18 staff by spring and keep the space at Arena P3.

The new facility will have 15 suites comprising a mixture of Avid Adrenaline/Symphony and MC Soft technology, a 16TB Avid Unity and two audio suites (Icon/Protools HD at 5.1 with 24 fader and 7.1 with 32 fader).

The second audio suite will be the first in the UK with the Digidesign Econ ES console. The move will bring Halo's sound and visual elements together.

The company, which will retain its brand, will install an HD grading suite in the spring but has yet to choose the equipment.

Halo was formed in December 2006, a few months after Jones and Brindle left Nats following its purchase by Evolutions. Rogerson left in 2003. The directors are currently working on docs, period drama, comedy drama and promos.

Halo managing director John Rogerson said: “Clients do seem to prefer the personal service of smaller facilities. We have seen significant growth.”

New staff will include facilities manager Mel Tomlin from Arena, edit assistant Alex Harbord from Evolutions, and dubbing mixer Roz Wilson from the Soundhouse.

Shows being worked on include dramas for the BBC, Hancock and Never Better, and Britain's Next Top Model for Thumbs Up Productions.