Case Study – Nottingham Trent University

Farrat Case Study - Nottingham Trent University

Farrat were approached by Evans Concrete, working in conjunction with Evans Vettori Architects and main contractor GF Tomlinson, to install a suitable structural thermal break system for precast concrete coffered units. The installation was to happen off-site in the factory, to simplify construction on-site.

This award-winning £7 million project involved the creation of inspiring state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus.

Farrat’s Technical Team worked with Evans Concrete in the early stages of the design process and in total, supplied 56 thermal break segments for the manufacture of 28 coffered precast concrete units. The 20mm curved ‘Farrat TBL’ Structural Thermal Break plates were installed during the castings process in the factory, allowing the complete unit to be erected in a single operation, incorporating the thermal break within the façade junction.

The bespoke manufacturing CNC process used by Farrat to produce precision-cut TBL Structural Thermal Break Plates was hugely beneficial on this project and the ability to manufacture from sheet material provided the flexibility to install and create concrete units of a shape and size that would not typically suit proprietary mechanical thermal break systems.

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks for Nottingham Trent University - Modelling
Farrat 20mm Curved TBL Structural Thermal Breaks in-situ at Nottingham Trent University

For more information on Farrat’s BBA Certificated Structural Thermal Break materials, please click here.

You can also import specifications for Farrat TBL and Farrat TBK Structural Thermal Break Plates from within Riba NBS Plus and on Riba Product Selector.

Farrat are proud to release our new website

Farrats newly updated website is now live for construction and industrial buyers worldwide

This latest design update comes after a period of rapid international growth and introduces streamlined navigation, new technical data and specification/ordering resources for our customers across the Construction, Industrial and Power Generation sectors worldwide. 

Alongside improvements to navigation and new technical content, the update allows our customers to search via the application, solution type or industry that they may have a need for, as well as enquire using part-ref codes or specify with NBS Plus.
We’ve also created a host of new data sheets, published a gallery’s worth of international project references, and included a few updates that have made the site easier to use.

 

We hope you like the changes, and if you have any feedback please let us know on  LinkedIn or Twitter or via email.

RIBA NBS Plus Partnership – Instant Specification for Farrat Products

Find Farrat Products on NBS Plus - quick and easy specification
Farrat has partnered with NBS Plus to provide architects and designers using the NBS (National Building Specification) system with a ‘one-click’ specification function for Farrat products.

Managing multiple suppliers and contractors can be time-consuming and costly, especially for projects requiring specialist solutions where there is a need for bespoke products or a combination of bespoke and standard products. That’s why thousands of architects, architectural designers, engineers and consultants use the RIBA NBS system across the country, when preparing specifications for construction projects both large and small.

These users can now access technical information for the following products engineered and by manufactured by Farrat, streamlining their specification process and reducing project lead times;

We recognise the importance of understanding our client’s requirements, which is why we continue to invest in ensuring our products, services and training seminars are accessible and technically sound. Thanks to our recent listing on RIBA NBS Plus, our products can now be instantly added into project specifications by our clients and more products will be added to the Farrat profile over the coming months.

To specify a Farrat product, visit our Riba Product Selector profile or submit an enquiry to our Technical Team.
Alternatively, contact us to discuss a specific project by calling: +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

BBA Certification awarded to Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL Structural Thermal Breaks

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks are BBA Certificated

Following extensive independent assessment, Farrat Structural Thermal Break materials, Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL, have been awarded BBA Certification by the British Board of Agrément [BBA].

Structural Thermal Break Plates are used between horizontal and vertical connections of internal and external elements to reduce thermal bridging. They provide a simple, economical and extremely effective solution to meeting Building Regulation requirements by reducing heat loss and the risk of internal condensation.

BBA certification is a mark of quality, safety and reliability that provides reassurance of the product’s fitness-for-purpose. The introduction of BBA Certification is part of a continuing programme of product development for Farrat. This latest certification for the product ensures that this technology can meet the ever demanding requirements from specifiers, whilst continuing to lead the Structural Thermal Break plate market.

Vanessa Adell, Project Manager at BBA Comments:

“Thermal bridging in all its manifestations has always been a challenging problem for those involved in the insulation of buildings; effective solutions are always welcome to the market, and these latest products from Farrat are no exception. The Structural Thermal Break Plates, Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL, passed the rigorous tests they were subjected to and met all the rigid requirements that we insist upon at the BBA.  As such, it is a pleasure to endorse Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Farrat in the future”.

Stephen Blundell, Technical Director at Farrat comments “Here at Farrat we are committed to developing high performance solutions to thermal bridging and are therefore delighted that our Structural Thermal Break materials, Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL, have met the rigorous standards required by the BBA following an extensive period of independent evaluation”.

For more information on specifying Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL materials, please visit our product page here. Alternately, you can specify our products directly from NBS Plus.
For Technical Enquiries, please give our team a call on  +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

Isolation Materials for 11x Stolle Bodymakers and Minster Cupper in Poland

Farrat Isolation Materials supplied for 11x Stolle Bodymaker Isolated Foundations

Farrat recently supplied independent Can Manufacturer, Bagpak Polskawith anti-vibration materials to isolate the foundations of 11x Stolle Bodymakers and a Minster Cupper Press at their large metal packaging production site in Poland.

Bagpak approached Farrat to assist with the installation of their new high-speed can making line because of our experience and reputation within the Canning Industry; having developed several Isolated Foundation systems for Stolle Bodymakers and Cupper Presses in the past. Farrat have over 25 years experience designing and supplying multiple production lines globally, using our high quality, UK manufactured materials for projects across Europe, China, Middle East and India.

Typical materials used to isolate Cupping Presses or Bodymakers are;


To read more about how Farrat Isolated Foundations provide effective, low frequency isolation of machinery and equipment click here.
Alternately, take a look at some of our recent Industrial Case Studies.

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Farrat Specification advice in June edition of Passive House+

Farrat featured in Passive House Plus

This month, Farrat have been featured in Passive House+ Sustainable Building Magazine, advising structural engineers and designers on how to specify carefully to eliminate thermal bridges in buildings and structures.

Energy efficiency is an increasingly important parameter in building design. Building components that penetrate the insulated envelope will produce a thermal bridge, resulting in significant energy loss if not addressed. Whilst energy loss is important there is also a higher chance that this could lead to condensation with resulting damage to the building’s fabric and mould growth.

Farrat have been bridging the gap with specialist Structural Thermal Break Plates for decades, therefore we know that appropriate analysis, detailing and specification are key to achieving good building performance.

There are few standard construction details where thermal breaks are incorporated because of the large variety of construction materials and systems forming the building envelope. The trick is to choose a thermal break plate solution that is both simple and effective. Structural connections incorporating thermal break plates need to perform well both thermally and structurally and of course there will be a compromise to satisfy both requirements. It is absolutely vital that the thermal break material is fit for purpose.


 

You can read the full article online at passivehouseplu.ie

Or for more in-depth advice, you can request a copy of our Technical Guide for Structural Thermal Break Connections here.

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Anthology Deptford Foundry – Shear Keys

Progress at the Anthology Deptford Foundry site drives forward as Farrat Shear Keys are installed by OHOB on Block E.

The third of four building blocks in the scheme integrating a Full Building Vibration Isolation system developed by Farrat, Block E will follow suit with construction on Block’s C & D and include;

Farrat Shear Keys provide lateral movement restraint together with vertical acoustic isolation. They have been designed to provide high vertical load capacity, which facilitates an efficient design that usually eradicates tension in the walls, and high shear loads to minimise the number of assemblies required, which is vital on this project due to the proximity of railway tracks on the north and South-West of sides of the site.

To read more about high capacity vibration isolation systems for buildings, visit our Building Vibration Isolation page.

To discuss a project with one of our structural or acoustic engineers, please submit a Technical Enquiry or Call +44 (0) 161 924 1600 and ask to speak to our Technical Team.

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Sci-Tech+1 Easter Camp

Farrat Technical Director, Ryan Arbabi, spent 3 days at Sci-Tech+1 Easter Camp last week (5th, 6th and 7th April) teaching 7 to 11 year olds the principles of Sound, Aerodynamics and Robotics.

SciTech  was established in 1991 to promote Science and Technology to children of all ages through the use of hands on lectures and holiday schools. Their aim is to provide an inspired and secure environment that promotes an enthusiastic enjoyment of learning in children of all ages – developing learning which is targeted, understandable and great fun.

Ryan presented the children with various STEM themed tasks and activities during the Sci-Tech+1 Camp to encourage and increase their understanding of science and technology principles related to; Sound (day 1), Aerodynamics (day 2) and Robotics (day 3).

Tasks were designed to be exceptionally interactive and included building and programing robots, learning about the speed of sound by making things explode and creating ice cream using liquid nitrogen, as just a few examples.

Further information on upcoming Sci-Tech course dates, age groups and course descriptions can be found on the Sci-Tech website: www.scitech.co.uk.

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Westfield White City (Phase 2)

Structural bearings for the next stage of the Westfield White City project were dispatched yesterday from the Farrat factory, as progress on the site swiftly moves forwards.

For more information on this project or for enquiries regarding Farrat Structural Bearings, head over to our new Building Vibration Isolation page or contact us.



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Farrat recognised as a Sponsoring Organisation of the IOA

Proud sponsor of the IOA

For the second year running, Farrat are proud to support the UK’s professional body of Acoustics, Noise and Vibration as a ‘Sponsoring Organisation’ of The Institute of Acoustics (IOA).

The Institute of Acoustics is a nominated body of the Engineering Council, offering registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels.With over 3000 members from a diversity of specialisms including engineers, scientists, educators, lawyers, occupational hygienists, architects and environmental health officers among their number, this multidisciplinary culture provides a productive environment for cross-fertilisation of ideas and initiatives.


The grade of Sponsoring Organisation is open to companies and organisations with a substantial industry involvement in engineering acoustics. Election to this grade allows Farrat to show our support for the work of the Institute and demonstrates our continued work within the acoustics field.

Farrat Acoustic Floating Floor Systems and Acoustic Structural Bearings have been engineered into a wide variety of high profile projects over the past decade; from isolating a 14 screen Vue cinema in the largest urban shopping centre in Europe (Westfield White City, London) to floating floors in nationally renowned gym’s (Puregym, Manchester), multi-million pound theatres (Birmingham REP & Library), music studios (Barbican) and large University/Research facilities (AFRC/Strathclyde University).

  • To learn more about Farrat’s full range of Acoustic solutions, read our Technical Brochure or speak to one of our Acoustic Team on: sales@farrat.com / +44 (0) 161 924 1600.
  • To learn more about the IOA or Engineering Council, please visit their websites.

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