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White Mark completes massive Moscow project

The new sound facility has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres, a 5.1 mixing room, edit and pre-production suites, sound design and foley rooms and a large orchestral studio.

UK studio design consultancy White Mark has completed a massive project in Moscow that involved designing and building a new sound facility for Russian company CineLab. The new complex has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres built and accredited to Dolby Premier License criteria and a 5.1 mixing room for pre-mixes and TV/DVD work. It also features multiple edit and pre-production suites, sound design rooms and a large orchestral studio. All three dubbing studios and the orchestral studio are equipped with Euphonix System 5 consoles. The 5.1 mixing room is equipped with an Avid ICON console. CineLab is currently putting the finishing touches to an extensive and highly specified Foley suite, which will be completed by summer 2013. “This was a marathon project that involved the complete renovation of a former cold store building on the banks of the Moskva River in Moscow,” said David Bell, managing director of White Mark. “The entire three-storey building was totally gutted so that every studio in the new complex could be built without compromise. We had some interesting structural issues to overcome as the existing roof needed to be raised and various floor pillars removed. The builders also had to contend with the extreme cold of Russian winters, which made pouring concrete into the foundations difficult – a problem they eventually overcame by using 400kW of heating to create the correct conditions for the materials to set.” Cinelab’s managing director Vadim Nerukov added: “We are delighted with the new facility and with the way in which White Mark helped us overcome numerous technical issues during the construction stage to achieve the results we wanted.”