Farrat raise £500 for G-Force Community Charity to help keep local ‘Brush and a Brew Club’ running

G-Force Brush and a Brew Club visitor

As a family-run business, being an active member of our local community is important to us at Farrat. Recently, we ran a sponsorship event which raised £500 for G-Force Community Charity.

G-Force are a Trafford based charity who provide support, services and development opportunities to those living within the Altrincham ann Trafford community. Their mission is to help improve the quality of life for all residents living in their target communities, with a large focus on connecting, being active, learning and caring.

Following our donation, G-Force visited the Farrat Office to explain how our donation has helped keep their ‘Brush and a Brew Club’ running, as part of their Trafford Mental Health & Isolation initiative. G-Force explained how being valued by others and making connections with those around you is a necessity for everyday functioning. Whether it’s work colleagues, neighbours or friends, creating close social relationships contributes to feeling happy and deflects from ill mental health for people of all ages. By bringing the community together, they aim to help others make those connections. The ‘Brush and a Brew Club’ aims to do just this. The club was begun for those with little or no family or friend connections, whom can become very lonely. 

G-Force understand that regular arts and craft sessions help support the elderly in sheltered housing and community housing in the area. These activities enable the elderly to engage with others, have new and fresh conversations and most of all, enjoy themselves.
It’s not just the elderly who benefit, G-Force also promote these art classes to  young people and adults alike, to engage in crafts to achieve things they never thought possible. Much of the artwork produced is on public display in and around the Timperley and Altrincham areas.

Farrat are proud that our contribution will go towards keeping this club running and will have a lasting impact on those living in our local community.

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks supplied for the new £23.7M steel-framed Facilities Support Building at the Harwell Science Campus

Home to more than 200 organisations, Harwell is a vast world-renowned science and innovation campus located a few miles south of Didcot.

As part of the campus expansion, one of the main tenants, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is constructing a new £23.7M Facilities Support Building. The support facilities will allow researchers to test and commission new scientific equipment, operated by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. The facility will consists of two large open plan halls, each constructed as a single storey, steel braced frame measuring 70 m-long × 35 m-wide.

Farrat TBK 20 mm Structural Thermal Breaks have been supplied on this project to prevent thermal bridging of the steel-to-steel connections and curved façades.

Harwell Science Campus integrating Farrat TBK 20mm Structural Thermal Breaks

To read the full article on the Harwell Science Campus expansion, visit New Steel Construction. For more information on structural design for steel structures, read our Structural Design Considerations here.

Farrat 3rd Generation LA16 Levalator’s supplied to Alstom, for the installation of 12 steam turbine generators across power plants in Thailand

Alstom was awarded the contract back in 2015 by Gulf MP Company Limited. The 12 35MW to 45MW geared reaction steam turbine (GRT) generators, auxiliaries, and condensers will be installed by 2019. As steam turbines require stable, level foundations to support the machine bed and reduce the impacts of machine-induced vibrations, Farrat’s LA16 Levalator was specified to act as the efficient connection between steam turbine and foundation.

Alstom GRT Steam Turbine
Alstom GRT Steam Turbine
Farrat LA16 Levalator for Alstom GTR Stream Turbines in Thailand
Farrat LA16 Levalator

The Farrat LA16 Levalator overcomes the deficiencies of alternate machine levelling solutions on the market,  such as Jackscrew supports.

The LA16 consists of a high grade cast iron basebox, machined on the inside to support the screw-driven, fully machined lower-wedge (high grade cast iron) and elevate the fully machined steel top-wedge. A spherical disc sits in a spherical recess on the top surface of the steel wedge, providing a spherical seating to correct misalignment and complex angles between machine and foundation.

Jackscrews however, are inadequate for large machine support as they are ‘pivot only’. Pivot only supports are not stiff enough horizontally or vertically and will distort under excessive loads – limiting hold down bolt tension and creating localised stressing, in both machine bed and support plate. The LA16 is Farrat’s 3rd generation Levalator, independently tested to 2,500 kN capacity without failure, allowing us to uprate our Load Capacity to 1,000 kN. From a UK Foundry, we have increased the material grade of the carbon steel used, so that the LA16 has higher Tensile Strengths. Quality has also been increased, with the introduction of the 3.1 material certification for all castings and the Height Adjustment per full-turn has been decreased from the original Levalator, to offer higher accuracy when installing.  

The project’s first GTR steam engine installation using Farrat LA16’s was commissioned in 2016. The remaining power plant installations are expected to be complete and operational by 2019, offering additional capacity to the grid of Thailand and providing steam to the power plants’ neighbouring industries.

For more information on Farrat LA16 Levalators, please click here.

Bolton Council win the Gold Re:Generate award for Market Place Bolton at the 2017 Revo Awards

Market Place Bolton wins the Revo Regen Gold Award 2017

Congratulations to Bolton Council who won the Gold Re:Generate award for Market Place Bolton at last week’s Revo Awards

The awards, held Wednesday, December 6, recognise the best retail and leisure destinations, operators and the public sector bodies who work alongside them. The council won the award following the Market Place’s £23m transformational refurbishment to create a contemporary retail and leisure destination. Farrat are proud to have worked with the project team, incorporating our Acoustic Floating Floors into the new nine-screen cinema within the complex.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award. The transformation of the centre has acted as a catalyst for further developer interest and investment in Bolton. The award is a great recognition of the work that has taken place and testament that Bolton is carving out a reputation as a place to visit and attracting shoppers back into the town centre.”

The 2nd LEAN Manufacturing Excellence Award at Farrat

Congratulations to our Waterjet Cell Leader, Andrew Williams, who received his Lean Manufacturing Fellowship  Award from The Manufacturing Institute last week.

Andy Williams awarded Lean fellowship through MI ARL Course

Last week, Farrat was proud to support Andrew Williams in receiving his Lean Manufacturing Fellowship Award from The Manufacturing Institute , at his Conferment Ceremony in Manchester.

The 2nd of our team to be awarded a Fellowship through the Accelerated Route to Learning course, Andrew undertook 10 weeks of research and study into the optimisation of Farrat’s manufacturing processes. Applying his theories within the Farrat manufacturing facility, Andrew has already enhanced our competitiveness through lead-time reduction and cost saving. Supporting Andrew through this training is part of our commitment to continuous improvement. We’re delighted for Andrew and his achievement, and look forward to continuing improving our performance and reputation within the UK manufacturing sector.

Farrat supply Acoustic Floating Floors for 16 VOX cinema screens at City Centre Almaza Mall, Egypt

Farrat are proud to have recently supplied Acoustic Floating Floors for 16 state-of-the-art VOX cinema screens within the prestigious $509m Majid Al Futtaim ‘City Centre Almaza’ retail project, located in Cairo, Egypt.

City Centre Almaza is set to open early 2019, and will feature 103,455 square metres of retail space offering over 300 international and local brands, as well as a 13,040 square metre Carrefour and 16 state-of-the-art VOX cinema screens. Each VOX Cinema screen will feature high-resolution digital projection systems, digital 3D content and Dolby Atmos 7.1 multidimensional surround sound systems, to create a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience for viewers.

Farrat worked with Al Dhabi Contracting, following a successful collaboration on a similar project (Mall of Egypt) and drew on experience from other prior projects for City Centre and Majid Al Futtaim to isolate noise and vibration disturbance from closely spaced auditoria, retail units and external transport noise.

A hybrid box-in-box design for each auditorium was engineered, to provide high levels of acoustic isolation with minimal risk of flanking. The system consists of Farrat Isomat Acoustic Floating Floors, with the Farrat PLAS system used to isolate the internal walls and ceilings –  decoupling each auditorium from the surrounding building structure.

Farrat supply Acoustic Floating Floors for 16 state-of-the-art VOX Cinema Screens at City Centre Almaza mall

For more details on Farrat’s full range of acoustic solution options for floors, walls and raked seating in Cinemas, please click here or download our Cinema Guide.

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Steel frame complete on the latest King’s Cross commercial block ‘Building S2’

Severfield plc have erected 1,700t of steelwork, integrating Farrat TBK 25 Structural Thermal Breaks, for the latest steel-framed building to top-out at the King’s Cross development ‘Building S2’.

The 12-storey building will offer 23,000m2 of commercial space on Handyside Street and is set to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ environmental rating.

Steel-framed buildings increasingly achieve high ratings after being assessed under BREEAM. Steel offers sustainability credentials through the whole life-cycle of a building, and is an excellent choice of framing material – a recent survey by Building magazine, sponsored by Steel for Life, identified that over 66% of multi-storey, non-domestic buildings are framed in structural steel, making it the preferred framing solution for many of the UK’s structures.

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks are high-performance thermal insulators,  used between steel-to-steel and steel-to-concrete connections. Manufactured from materials specifically developed for use within the building envelope, both our Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL Structural Thermal Break materials have British Board of Agrement Certification (BBA), to ensure that designers and engineers have complete confidence in the product when used in structural connections.

Steel connections that include structural thermal break plates should be designed in accordance with the relevant design standards (e.g. BS EN 1993-1-8) or industry guidance (e.g. SCI publications). Under the SCI Assessed Product Scheme, the technical data and structural design methodology for Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks has been independently verified by the SCI.

For more information on structural design for steel structures, read our Structural Design Considerations here.

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Case Study – Nottingham Trent University

New Farrat Case Study: Structural Thermal Breaks for 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 Plastic Model of Thermal break Connection points
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

We've updated our website for Construction and Industrial Buyers

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.