Farrat acoustically isolate the Sky Room Auditorium at Milton Keynes new “architectural gem”

The long-awaited extension of ‘MK Gallery’ in Milton Keynes, opened its doors to the public at the weekend after being hailed as “an architectural gem” by national media.

Designed by two artists in collaboration with London architects 6a, the £12m extension includes five new exhibition galleries and a Sky Room auditorium, acoustically isolated using the Farrat CineFLOOR PRO acoustic floating floor system, which was installed by AcouStruct Ltd.

The Sky Room auditorium is housed in a new building for MK Gallery, which is located at the top end of Midsummer Boulevard where the city meets Campbell Park, establishing the centre of a new arts quarter.

The auditorium will be used for film, performance, lectures and large screenings with a sizable audience capacity, accommodated by sliding bleachers.


Farrat has designed and delivered acoustic isolation solutions for many of the world’s largest and most striking multiplex cinema projects and the Building Acoustics team at Farrat has decades of experience creating state-of-the-art acoustic environments within cinemas.

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Thermally insulating steelwork at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

CEFAS will incorporate an exposed steel frame that will insulated using farrat structural thermal breaks

Farrat are currently helping to deliver a cost-efficient and sustainable HQ building for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) by thermally insulating the exposed steel frame using Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks.

Based in the Suffolk, the UK marine science agency Cefas (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) is constructing a new £18.3M contemporary headquarters building. The new headquarters will be a sustainable steel-framed landmark and form a central element of a much larger scheme that also includes the phased floor-by-floor refurbishment of an existing 1980s laboratory building.

The building has a composite design with steelwork supporting metal decking and a concrete topping. Most of the steel frame is based around a regular 6m column spacing, with internal spans of up to 12m.

This was deemed sufficient to provide the new building with modern open-plan office and meeting room spaces.

Farrat were recently contacted by the steelwork contractor to help minimise the risk of thermal bridges forming at several different penetrations and transitions in the building envelope.

CEFAS - Model of the steel frame

CEFAS – Model of the steel frame (courtesy of H Young Structures)

 

As the complete system needs to be optimised structurally as well as thermally, Farrat are supplying a combination of Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL thermal break plates in a variety of thicknesses and bespoke hole configurations, to ensure that the system is robust as well as thermally efficient.

The high compressive strength and low thermally conductivity properties of these Farrat Structural Thermal Break materials mean that they will transfer high loads and absorb any bending moments or shear forces, whilst acting as a thermal insulator.

The Cefas project is expected to be complete by May 2020.


Farrat’s BBA certificated structural thermal break materials provide building design professionals with a robust solution to minimise energy loss. Suitable to mitigate against planar, linear and point load thermal bridging, Farrat thermal breaks can be used anywhere a penetration or transition exists in a building envelope to help achieve building performance standards. Performance characteristics include low thermal conductivity, high compressive strength and very limited creep under load.

Full specifications are available for import from NBS Plus.

Case Study: Mall of Egypt

Mall of Egypt Case Study - Farrat Acoustic Isolation

Farrat’s new cinema floating floor range, CineFLOOR, was recently used to acoustically isolate the first VOX Cinema in Egypt located inside North Africa’s largest shopping mall. In this Case Study, we overview the acoustic challenge faced by the project team and the solution supplied by Farrat.


The Challenge
The Mall of Egypt, which officially opened in 2017 in Cairo, was developed by Majid Al Futtaim at a cost of USD $708m and is the largest mall in North Africa spanning 400,000 sq.m. The two-story complex brings Egypt’s first VOX Cinema, with a total of 21 theatres housing; 1x 4DX screen, 4x Gold screens, 1x IMAX screen, 2x screens for kids and 13 regular screens.

With a total of 2473 seats, the design and build of the cinema auditorium required expert configuration to ensure maximum entertainment value for viewers inside and minimal disruption to the surrounding 165,000 sq.m of retail space.

The brief was particularly challenging as cinema auditoria were adjacent vertically as well as horizontally.

Farrat were contacted during the design phase to design, manufacture and supply a workable sound insulation system, to acoustically isolate the 21 auditoria to VOX’s high acoustic performance standards.

Mall of Egypt - Site during construction

The Farrat Solution

Following an initial enquiry from the client’s architect, Farrat met with the main contractor and local architect in Egypt as well as the acoustic consultant in the UK, to discuss the full acoustic requirements of the project. It was determined that a minimum Natural Frequency of 12Hz was required within each theatre.

After reviewing the requirements against the Farrat range, Farrat CineFLOOR PRO was identified as the most suitable and versatile grade of acoustic isolation to configure the acoustic floating floors within all 21 auditoria.

CineFLOOR PRO is the most frequently specified grade of cinema isolation, as products within this range offer the highest ratio of acoustic isolation performance vs. price in the market.

The floors were also reinforced using CineWALL PRO as partition isolation – soon to be released to the wider market in 2019.

CineFLOOR PRO - 3D section with labels

Logistics & Installation

Once the CineFLOOR systems were manufactured, Farrat worked closely with AL Dhabi Contracting to liaise importing and installing the systems on site in Egypt.

AL Dhabi Contracting were founded in 1998 and are an authorised Farrat distribution partner in Egypt. AL Dhabi Contracting is also one of the largest drylining companies in the country and represent a number of prestigious UK drylining brands in the region, including Farrat.

Farrat handled all export logistics including packing materials in secure IPPC heat-treated pallets certified for airfreight to Egypt, as well as all export documentation including Certificate of Origin and Certificate of Conformity.

AL Dhabi Contracting then handled all import logistics including customs tariffs and delivery to site.

Once the materials arrived in Egypt, Farrat visited site on a number of occasions to inspect the integrity and placement of the acoustic isolators and to train AL Dhabi’s installation team.

Overseeing the installation process in this manner ensured that all details were correctly constructed and that the acoustic specification was fully achieved.

Mall of Egypt Export Consignment Ready for Air Freight

The Result

All 21 screens are fully acoustically isolated and open to the public at VOX Cinema, Mall of Egypt. Both the architect and the acoustic consultant are satisfied with the quality of the Farrat acoustic detailing, which meets the acoustic specification and the clients high acoustic standards.


Farrat has designed and delivered acoustic isolation solutions for many of the world’s largest and most striking multiplex cinema projects and the Building Acoustics team at Farrat has decades of experience creating state-of-the-art acoustic environments within cinemas.

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60 Years Farrat – Adriana’s Story

Meet Adriana - Project Delivery Manager at Farrat

PEOPLE PROFILE:

PROJECT DELIVERY MANAGER, ADRIANA LEOTTA

Areas Of Expertise: Engineering, Acoustics, Structural, Project Management
Education: Chartered Engineer
Time at Farrat: 3 Years

Tell us about your background?

I’m a civil engineer from Sicily.

I completed my bachelor degree in Catania then I moved to Torino in Italy, where I studied for my Master Degree, after which I worked in Torino for 1 year where I completed my Chartership after graduating.

When I was at school in Sicily I was always interested in Maths and Creative Arts. I had considered becoming a lawyer, but then decided to push my studies towards Architecture and Engineering as they combined my two interests.

My first year at University was focused on Engineering and it was at this point that I realised that engineering is what I wanted to be doing, so I focused on this and took it forward.

I moved to the UK in May 2016 after completing my Chartership in Italy and within the first 6 months I took my engineering role here at Farrat.

This was an exciting time for me.

I speak four languages, with Italian being my native and English, French and German being secondary, but I was nervous about taking a technical role in English as my second language. However, I have found it a great learning experience – especially as Farrat is so multi-cultural, there are a lot of people in our team from different countries, so we get to practice together. Farrat also provided a weekly session with an English tutor that was very beneficial in my first year.

 

Engineers on Ice - Adriana pictured with Oliver Farrell (CEO Farrat) and Joe Flores (Atkins SNC-Lavalin) at the 2018 ICE Annual Event

Engineers on Ice – Adriana pictured with Oliver Farrell (CEO Farrat) and Joe Flores (Atkins SNC-Lavalin) at the 2018 ICE Annual Event

Why Farrat?

I saw something good for me at Farrat.

It is a family run company where you are continually faced with technical problems and challenged to solve them. That means you are always pushed to learn, as it is your responsibility to solve this problem.

In larger companies, you are not pushed to learn in this way. You are not pushed to challenge yourself and go beyond your limits.

I like that my role challenges me each and every day, I am always learning and looking to discover the best answer for my client.

 

Do any projects that you’ve worked on at Farrat stand out?

The first big profile acoustic isolation project I worked on was the Royal Academy of Music in London.

When I was reviewing the steel assemblies I was excited because it was more challenging than just standard rubber acoustic isolators and it meant that I was going to be working closely with Ryan our Technical Director to develop this solution.

Working with Ryan is brilliant because he is very calm and experienced. He is always reassuring ‘do not worry, we have the solution, we can do this’. I like this style. He also has great rapport with the clients and is respected amongst his peers such as the structural engineers, acoustic consultants and the contractors. You can learn a lot by working with him.

The first big project that I worked on in structural / building vibration isolation was Regents Crescent in London.

I also started working on 60 Curzon Street at a similar time, which is still ongoing (it is a big project!). So this was another step up for me because I was juggling the two projects at the same time, working with our Technical Director Oliver, who is also our CEO.

St Giles Circus

St Giles Circus in London is currently being constructed around a number of complex site constraints caused by underground rail.

One that I am very proud of is St Giles in London. I knew about the project early on and basically kept asking the client if there is any solution that they need until they finally said yes! They would asked me “why are you asking so early” and my response was always “because I know that at least if we start now and prepare the proposal early it gives us a lot of time to adapt to any challenges quickly”.

This actually was the best thing because the site did turn out to be very challenging. We definitely prepared the proposal at the right time because we spent almost a year adapting around unforeseen constraints and have avoided any major delays due to being well prepared.

We actually delivered everything for that project last week, so I felt very proud to see them being dispatched from the yard.

 

What were the key challenges for you on this project?

This was something new in a sense of managing the relationship with the client.

My role evolved to act as the connection between our engineering team and the client, making sure everyone is happy within two very big project teams.

I realised how difficult it is to communicate and prioritise everyone’s needs on large projects. I always work to make sure that the client receives the best possible customer service, but I also have to ensure that the team working for me receives that same level of service and respect.

So learning how to be a bridge between teams was a great skill I learnt on this project.

What are you working on now that St Giles has been dispatched?

Now I am focusing on the big projects for structural / building vibration isolation.

More and more projects are now being constructed above or adjacent to underground/over ground rail and this is where our solutions are absolutely critical to mitigate against the vibrations.

We are very busy with this type of project and we are really doing something special for these. For example one project, Anthology in London, we are delivering within just 4.5 months.

If you had told me we would be doing that when I first started at Farrat I would have asked “how is that even possible?!”, because 4.5 months is nothing, it is very fast when you have to consider the design and the manufacture. But in this project we are manufacturing and delivering some items whilst others are still in design phase, so it is really a great effort.

There are also some other big projects coming through, I cannot say what they are yet but just that it is a big year for our structural team! We are finding that a lot of people are now coming to us because of word of mouth and recommendation, which is always great and makes me proud of the work we are delivering.

 

What are your ambitions for the future?

Well, I want to be a flamenco dancer! (laughs), as I have always liked theater and cinema – it is really a passion of mine other than engineering.

I am also trying to be the best engineer that I can be and continue to learn and progress in project management.

 

And finally, what drives you to come into work at Farrat each day?

My ethics.

My client has come to me because he needs this solution and I have told him that he can have it on this date. I gave my word to him, I have made a promise and so I must stick to it.

I believe that attitude is so important. You must have good ethics to be in this role and you simply cannot let people down.

If you would like to hear more about Engineering opportunities at Farrat, visit our Careers Page.

Alternately, get in touch with Adriana in our Building Acoustics Team on: +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Building Regulations and Fire - Farrat Independent Review

CONSTRUCTION INSIGHTS

INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF DEC 2018 AMENDMENT TO BUILDINGS REGULATIONS ‘SI 2018/1230’: USE OF NON COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS

February 14, 2019
Author: Chris Lister, Commercial Manager

Synopsis of amendment

Following the recent amendment to the Building Regulations for Fire (England & Wales) SI 2018/1230 Farrat have been looking at the implications for Structural Thermal Break materials in the new legislation.

The statutory Instrument, issued in Dec 2018 sets out the effective prohibition of combustible materials in the external walls of high rise residential buildings over 18 meters. The amendment implements these changes via explicit regulation rather than guidance, making it an effective ban on any materials not reaching the prescribed certified standard.

The standard for prescribing performance in this case is BS EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 entitled “Fire classification of construction products and building elements. Classification using test data from reaction to fire tests” The prescribed level of performance required under this standard for use over 18 meters is European Classification A2-s1, d0 or A1.

BS EN 13501-1 defines the classes A1 and A2 as follows:

  • Class A1 will not contribute in any stage of the fire, including the fully developed fire.
  • Class A2 Will not significantly contribute to the fire load and the fire growth in a fully developed fire

The characteristics “s” and “d” are defined as follows:

  • s1 Weak or no smoke
  • s2 Medium Smoke
  • s3 High Smoke
  • d0 No dripping at all
  • d1 Slow dripping recorded
  • d2 High dripping recorded

The amendment only recognises classifications from European Norm standard. The older British Standard classification, which was recognised in previous guidance, is not included in the new regulation.

The New regulation applies to the building external envelope or specified attachments such as, balconies, bris solei or solar panels on ‘relevant’ dwellings, residential or institutional buildings above 18 meters or 6 storeys. Where the building is a hotel or hostel, boarding house or any other building type above 18 meters the regulations revert to the current Approved Document B requirements for fire of limited combustibility A2,-s3, d2 or better.

Within the new regulation for ‘relevant’ buildings above 18 meters, some building elements of the external envelope are exempt from the A1 & A2 fire performance rating.

This exemption includes door and window frames, glazing, fixings, gaskets and significantly for Farrat, thermal break materials.

Significance of the amendment to Building Regulations for Structural Thermal Breaks

Following their exemption from the recently amended standard for a fire classification, Structural Thermal Break materials, as currently supplied into the UK construction sector and deemed to be for the purpose of meeting the thermal bridging requirements of Approved Document L, can continue to be used under their existing limitations.

However, as with previous base line regulatory exemption, where building designers identify fire performance of construction materials as a higher significance factor, the testing and classification of all component’s planned for use will come under scrutiny.

To this end, alongside the continued development of new materials with Structural and Thermal properties, performance in respect of fire has become a main element in product manufacturers list of required characteristics.

As with all insulating materials there is generally a trade-off between insulation value and structural integrity. In the field of structural thermal breaks this balance is critical. Where structural performance is elevated to pole position, the goal is to achieve as good a thermal conductivity as possible without compromising structural properties.

With the introduction of fire into the equation the balance becomes three way, with Structural performance required to be maintained in the event of a fire whilst still functioning as a thermal break under everyday conditions.

The development of a new Structural Thermal Break material by Farrat has achieved this.

Farrat has utilised it’s full material R&D capabilities to develop the UK’s first Fire-Resistant Structural Thermal Break material: Farrat TBF.


If you’re interested in learning more about Farrat’s TBF Fire-Resistant Structural Thermal Break material ahead of the official launch,  please contact Chris Lister, Commercial Manager, on cl@farrat.com.

Chris Lister, Commercial Manager at Farrat

E: cl@farrat.com
T: +44 (0) 161 924 1602
LinkedIn: Chris Lister

AUTHOR PROFILE:

COMMERCIAL MANAGER,
CHRIS LISTER

Joining our UK office in October 2018, Chris is an Associate Member of RIBA and life member of Port Sunlight Rugby Club as Chairman.

Chris has over 30 years experience working within the UK Construction Product sector and leads our Thermal Breaks Team in the UK.

Areas Of Expertise: Product Design, Project Management, R&D
Time at Farrat: 6 Months

Over 3,000t of Structural Steelwork Completes at Cineworld Warrington Time Square

Warrington Times Square - Steel Erected

The structural steelwork has just been erected and will house a new 13-screen Cineworld cinema complex, that will be fully acoustically isolated by Farrat.

The mixed-use scheme is set to transform a large part of Warrington town centre when it opens in early 2020.

Main contractor Vinci Construction started on site in September 2017, after a major demolition phase had been completed.  According to Vinci, the project team chose a steel framing solution for the whole scheme because of the material’s speed and ease of construction.

In addition to the 13-screen cinema complex, the project will include ground floor and mezzanine retail outlets, a new indoor market hall, a four-storey council office block and a further two-storey retail building. The new buildings will all be set around a large public square, while along the adjacent Bridge Street, the scheme’s Market Hall incorporates a Grade II listed former Boots building façade.

The cinema block has a complex design that incorporates two distinct grid patterns, one for the retail zones and the other for the cinema screens. Acoustic isolators from Farrat’s new Cine PRO ranges will be integrated within the floors, walls and steel raked seating structures to contain noise and vibration at each of these sources, to avoid disturbing the adjacent auditoria.

Farrat CineFLOOR PRO isolators will be used to configure the acoustic floating floors, complimented using our new CineWALL PRO as partition base-track isolation.

Our new CineSTEEL PRO isolators will be integrated within the raked stadia seating structures, to provide live load deflection at low natural frequencies.

The £130 million mixed use development will see completion in 2019.


Farrat has designed and delivered acoustic isolation solutions for many of the world’s largest and most striking multiplex cinema projects and the Building Acoustics team at Farrat has decades of experience creating state-of-the-art acoustic environments within cinemas.

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Farrat isolate multiple machines across the production line at new £1bn automotive manufacturing facility in Slovakia

The recent €1.4bn (£1bn) investment into the new manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia, marks the first time a UK automotive company has opened a plant in the country.

The 300,000m² facility stands at the forefront of aluminium manufacturing and engineering expertise in Slovakia and has been designed with the flexibility to enable smart, connected manufacturing technologies that will support improved process efficiency and deliver up to 150,000 vehicles a year.

Farrat worked with the Structural Engineer and Project Personnel to ensure that a variety of machines within the plant were sufficiently isolated and capable to inspect at high speed with precision.

This included engineering and bespoke-manufacturing components for several vibration isolation systems for robot mounted non-contact sensor systems, CMM’s and Presses across the production line.

Construction of a machine isolation pit using Farrat ISOMAT materials

Farrat ISOFOAM120 was installed on the walls of machine foundations to provide lateral isolation. This system is typical where a high stiffness foundation is critical but a degree of active or passive isolation is required, even if only from the risk of random events such as dropping heavy items nearby.

Over 1,000 ISOMAT pads of various rubber compounds and sizes, were then used to fine tune dynamic natural frequencies and stabilise each machine for optimum performance.

Farrat ISOMAT Foundation Isolators are the cornerstone of Farrat’s Isolated Foundation Solutions. Our ISOMAT pads have a unique profile coupled with a selection of our elastomers and thicknesses.  Due to extensive testing and experience, Farrat ISOMAT pads deliver highly predictable performance characteristics over many years of service.

Farrat ISOMAT is produced in 3 elastomeric types: IMBR, IMCR and IMNR.

Installation of Cupper Press Isolated Foundation
Farrat ISOMAT Isolated Foundation during construction

Large automotive manufacturers and leading OEM’s are increasingly designing facilities and machinery to work faster and with more precision, whilst reducing weight and cost.

Farrat Isolated Foundations are consequently integrated into factory design to ensure that the operating conditions (in terms of vibration levels) are controlled to within equipment specifications, to maximise productivity and conform to H&S and local authority requirements.

Whether you are relocating existing machinery, installing new equipment or are involved in detailing foundations, Farrat have the knowledge and experience to provide the right Isolated Foundation solution for your production facility.

Farrat has designed and delivered industrial vibration control solutions for many of the world’s largest and most complex projects in the automotive, canning and aerospace markets. Whether you are relocating existing machinery, installing new equipment or are involved in detailing foundations, Farrat have the knowledge and experience to provide the right Isolated Foundation solution.

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60 Years of Farrat – Gareth’s Story

Gareth's Story - Celebrating 60 Years of Farrat

PEOPLE PROFILE:

FARRAT PRODUCTION MANAGER, GARETH HOGBURN

Areas Of Expertise: LEAN Manufacturing, Production, Tooling, Rubber Molding, Waterjet
Education: Fellow Of The Manufacturing Institute
Time at Farrat: 21 Years

Tell us about your background?

I joined Farrat in 1997 as an apprentice on a 5 year scheme whilst attending college at North Trafford, where I studied NVQ 2, 3 and 4 followed by an HNC, in Engineering. During my apprenticeship I learn’t how to operate the milling machine and lathes for the production of industrial anti-vibration machine mounts. I was in a production team of four at this time and have fond memories of learning how to manufacture raw castings all the way through to finished product, including welding and spray. As a small team, we worked really hard to meet the demand and collaboration was really important to making this happen – as a result, we became good friends and are still good friends now.

Gareth's Early Days at Farrat

Gareth pictured on the right during his early days as an Apprentice at Farrat

I completed my apprenticeship in 2002 and remained at Farrat, moving into new production avenues as the product portfolio expanded. Farrat moved into the rubber molding market to produce vibration isolation and acoustic isolation solutions for the construction industry, so I was trained how to operate presses and moved over to the press shop. This was a great experience for me and allowed me to continue learning new production methods and was able to input into the new processes that followed. I worked in the press shop for around 10 years and saw the company scale it’s manufacturing facilities, with the introduction of several new presses and a much larger production team.

I became Production Team Leader in 2014 and began my LEAN Fellowship with The Manufacturing Institute through Farrat, which is where I really learn’t about continuous improvement. I completed my LEAN Fellowship within two years and am now Production Manager at Farrat and ‘Champion of Continuous Improvement’.

Why Farrat?

At school I always wanted to be a mechanic as I loved cars.

I was set to go to college and study mechanics, until one GCSE lesson when a teacher inspired me to change my path. It was during Design Technology when I designed a bike rack to fit on the back of a mountain bike as part of my coursework. My Design Technology teacher came over and said “Gareth, this is fantastic. I know that you’ve put on your careers form that you want to be a mechanic, but have you thought out a career in engineering?”.

He took me to one side and explained to me the type of roles and industries that engineering covers and the opportunities it could open up. It really inspired me to be ambitious, so I changed my college course to engineering.

Gareth collecting his LEAN Fellowship from The Manufacturing Institute

Gareth collecting his LEAN Fellowship from The Manufacturing Institute

I researched engineering and manufacturing firms in the area before college and Farrat stood out to me. I interviewed at Farrat and a tooling firm not far away. When I was offered the apprenticeship at Farrat I finally took it.

I’ve now been here at Farrat for 21 years and really enjoy it.

We’re a close knit team who take care of each other. Everyone is of the same mindset that quality is crucial and we all dig in deep to get a project over the line for the customer, even if it means working weekends and evenings.

Farrat has enabled me to learn and develop new skills and grow within my production role. I’m treated with respect and shown opportunities by people at all levels in the business, which is really important to me.

Do any of the projects that you have worked on stand out in your memory?

The big construction projects started to come through in around 2012, which was a huge learning curve for us as a company, as we hadn’t worked on these types of projects before. The first project of this nature was in London, which sticks in mind as it created so many challenges for us. It was a very large and technically challenging building isolation project.

However, the solutions and manufacturing processes that we put in place for that early project were the cornerstone of what we do today, so really it acted like a large scale R&D project. Ever since then, we’ve completed several large scale construction projects without any major hurdles. So we have a lot to thank that project for!

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment the production team are working on some large building vibration isolation projects located in London, several cinema isolation projects in the UK, U.A.E and Saudi and a few impressive isolated foundation projects for the canning sector in Europe. Alongside this we are producing industrial anti-vibration machine mounts for clients in the power gen sector, so busy all round!

Myself personally, I am rolling out new LEAN practices across the company (not just within production), continually improving and streamlining Farrat’s processes.

What do you see Farrat focusing on in the coming years?

Alongside LEAN and SMART changes to how we operate, I also see product diversity playing a major role. We are a company who pride ourselves on being a solution provider, not just a product manufacturer. We’ve invested heavily in R&D over the last few years and are seeing some fantastic innovations coming through as a result, which will no doubt feed into our existing product range but also inform new solutions for our primary markets.

I’m excited to be part of that journey and come up with smart solutions to the production challenges that those product innovations may bring.

If you would like to hear more about Production opportunities at Farrat, visit our Careers Page.

Alternately, get in touch with Gareth on: +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

Farrat CineFLOOR PRO used to isolate the first cinema ever constructed in Jeddah

Red Seal Mall, Jeddah
Red Seal Mall, Jeddah - IMAX

The first cinema ever to be built in Jeddah opened its doors yesterday at Red Sea Mall, fully acoustically isolated using Farrat CineFLOOR PRO systems.

The VOX Cinemas multiplex is owned by Majid Al Futtaim and has a capacity to seat an audience over 1,400 people.

The Red Sea Mall cinema features 12 screens in total, including Saudi’s largest IMAX viewing experience and three GOLD by Rhodes – a new dining concept where cinema guests can order gourmet meals directly to their cinema seats.

Farrat was contracted to design, manufacture and supply CineFLOOR PRO isolation systems for each auditorium following recent successes acoustically isolating similar VOX cinemas at The Mall of Egypt and City Centre Sharjah.

As our most frequently specified grade of acoustic floating floor, CineFLOOR PRO suffers no compromises from low mass or high stiffness isolators to achieve the high acoustic isolation performance standards required by VOX.

Full Case Study on VOX Red Seal Mall to follow.


Farrat has designed and delivered acoustic isolation solutions for many of the world’s largest and most striking multiplex cinema projects and the Building Acoustics team at Farrat has decades of experience creating state-of-the-art acoustic environments within cinemas.

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The ultimate acoustic isolation grade for a new generation of 4DX Cinemas

CineFLOOR MAX-teal

We are pleased to bring to market our highest-performance and most advanced grade of commercial floating floor yet: CineFLOOR MAX.

Engineered to meet the specific and rigorous acoustic demands of 4DX auditoria, the new CineFLOOR MAX system incorporates high damping isolators to control and constrain vibration, while still providing exceptionally high levels of sound insulation performance.

Development of the CineFLOOR MAX system began following Farrat’s role in the design, supply and installation of the new Cineworld Bracknell – one of the first purpose built 4DX Cinemas in the UK – as well as several years of research into cinema motion technology. 

CineFLOOR MAX - 3D section render with labels

MAX System Features:

CineFLOOR MAX is future-proofed using the most extreme calibration routines from 4DX suppliers.

The MAX system not only isolates the vibration from adjacent auditoria, but also controls the slab response that the 4DX seats are mounted to, offering superior motion feedback and a more immersive 4D experience.

CineFLOOR MAX floating slabs can be designed with a fully fibre reinforced concrete to allow easy seat installation without the risk of hitting the rebar and self-compacting concrete can also be used to ensure high flatness tolerance is achieved, to allow vinyl or carpet to be laid directly on top of it.

 

MAX Design Details:

 

MAX Grade Suitability:

CineFLOOR MAX sits at the top end of the CineFLOOR range, engineered to provide the highest levels of acoustic isolation performance for the most demanding cinema applications – predominantly 4DX and multiplex cinemas. Our ultimate aim for CineFLOOR MAX is to enhance movie-goers’ 4DX experience and maximise value/impact for cinema developers.

To identify which grade of CineFLOOR is right for your auditorium, use our suitability table here.


Farrat has designed and delivered acoustic isolation solutions for many of the world’s largest and most striking multiplex cinema projects and the Building Acoustics team at Farrat has decades of experience creating state-of-the-art acoustic environments within cinemas.

For further information on CineFLOOR MAX, or to discuss a project, Contact Farrat Building Acoustics Team.