The building has taken a year and a half to build from scratch
VFX and post-production studio Unit has relocated to a five-storey 8,100 sq ft building in Fitzrovia. The office, on Berners Mews, has taken a year and a half to build, and has “been designed from scratch with the sole purpose of ensuring clients and their evolving needs are fully supported,” says Unit.
The purpose-built facility includes a full range of finishing services including grading suites, audio suites, Flame and 3D, as well as open plan design studios and flexible workspaces (see box below for more detail).
The building also has a client bar and lounge area.
It’s the first move for the company in seven years. It was previously based in Great Marlborough Street. Unit describes itself as “the largest independently owned creative studio”. Its work spans advertising, entertainment, long-form and tech projects.
Unit’s managing director Daniel Sapiano said: “This is the metamorphosis of Unit from a very good post-production company to a new all-encompassing, high-end, next generation studio. Our vision has been to create a genuinely future-focused space that promotes creativity, innovation and the sharing of ideas. We have the newest and most technically advanced setup in London.”
The company’s owner and founder Adam Luckwell, adds: “The building is full of state-of-the-art tech, while we’ve also created a comfortable, familiar and inspiring environment.”
The facilities at Unit’s new building
Unit has two Baselight suites with Dolby monitoring, two Baselight conform systems and two Davinci Resolve suites. Creative director of colour, Denny Cooper, leads the department with Nick Dalby in the second suite.
Unit has 10 VFX suites with Flame, Flare, Flame assist, Nuke and Nuke studio. Creative director, Pete Rypstra heads up the Nuke and Flame team.
The facility’s 3D studio has 30 seats, with Maya and Houdini, Real flow, Mudbox, Golem, Massive, Yeti and bespoke systems. Creative director of 3D, Nuno Pereira, leads the team.
Creative director of design Tom Wansbrough-Jones runs Unit’s in-house creative studio of 12 people. The team creates, directs and completes design and animation work using After Effects, Photoshop, Premier and Cinema 4D.
Unit’s 7.1/5.1 sound design and Dolby pre-mix facility is made up of three studios with three voice-over booths, three Pro Tools systems along with two Pro Tools assist stations. Creative director of audio, Chris Southwell leads the team of sound designers.