Timeline TV North is expanding, with five more edit suites being built at its Salford base just six months after the facility opened.

The post firm has taken an extra 900 sq ft in the Blue Tower at MediaCityUK, where three HP Z800 systems with Media Composer and two hybrid Final Cut Pro/Media Composer workstations will be installed.

It will take Timeline TV North to a total of seven edit stations, three online/grading suites, one 5.1 dubbing theatre, a voiceover booth and a track lay suite, plus IP Director-managed nearline storage across the facility.

“We have been relatively cautious in terms of expansion because the BBC has massive in-house provision, but we are seeing continued demand for offline, particularly when it comes to complicated projects that involve large amounts of archive footage,” said Timeline TV North post production director Eben Clancy.

Clancy said the post firm’s extra offline capacity would be used to complete work on pre-recorded inserts for the BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year show.

“With BBC Sport set to deliver its entire Euro archive in a couple of weeks and all the other archive footage, it’s a huge job,” added Clancy.

Timeline TV North is also working on the DVD release of the London 2012 Olympic Games for the BBC.

The facility is using EVS IP Director to create clips from 2,000 hours - 110Tb - of source footage.

The facility also recently completed audio post work on Hollyoaks Later for Lime Pictures, which aired on E4 last week.

London-headquartered Timeline TV opened its MediaCityUK branch in May.