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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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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Farrat Thermal Breaks reduce energy loss in London’s new ‘City Cluster’

Londons new City Cluster

22 Bishopsgate is one of 13 major build projects expected to change London’s skyline by 2026.

Designed by PLP Architecture, 22 or ‘Twentytwo’ Bishopsgate stands  278 metres tall as the City of London’s tallest tower within the financial districts new ‘City Cluster‘. The tower provides over 1.2 million sq ft of office space and can accommodate up to four tenants on each of the 62 floors.

Over 17,000 tonnes of superstructure structural steelwork and metal decking was designed and fabricated for construction by Severfieldwho approached Farrat during fabrication to supply a suitable solution to mitigate against thermal bridging between connections.

Superelevations, axial shortening and complex geometrical dilemmas presented challenges on this project, so Farrat worked closely with Severfield to manufacture a package of structural thermal breaks in various sizes, shapes and thicknesses to fit seamlessly into design details and meet specification.

Farrat’s load-bearing structural thermal break material with the highest levels of compressive strength and thermal insulation, was used between steel-to-steel connections to prevent thermal transfer from the exterior of the structure into the internal structure via the steel framework.

Farrat thermal break plates were also used in steel-to-concrete applications to greatly reduce heat loss into the concrete slab, providing better insulation for the structure overall.

22 Bishopsgate during construction with Farrat Thermal Break in-situ, courtesy of Severfield
22 Bishopsgate during construction with Farrat Thermal Break in-situ, courtesy of Severfield

For in-depth technical information on all our grades of thermal break materials, please head over to our Thermal Breaks page, or alternatively you can contact us.

‘Twentytwo’ Bishopsgate is due for completion later this year.


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.

Everyman Altrincham officially opens it’s doors!

The highly-anticipated new Everyman Altrincham opens its doors today following a week of  VIP screenings.

Everyman Cinema Altrincham, acoustically isolated by Farrat

Earlier this year we took our team on a tour of the site during construction following the manufacture of a fully-integrated acoustic isolation system designed for each of the four boutique auditoria. 

It’s not often that Farrat design, manufacture and supply acoustic isolation for a project so close to home, so it was fantastic to get a first-look at the site.

During last nights official launch we took a look around the completed venue.

Everyman Cinema Altrincham - interior
Everyman Cinema Altrincham - bar

Everyman Altrincham public spaces have been divided into a variety of lounge and dining areas. The bar combines luxurious finishes set against exposed brick and steel with views through to a semi open kitchen.

The auditoria corridor leads  from the public space to the 4 auditoria, each of which have their own distinct character. Signature Everyman sofas are upholstered in a variety of velvet finishes and the back drop of walls and floors are clad in rich colours and textures. There is a menu offering a variety of drinks, hot food and snacks which can be consumed in the bar or received via waiter service directly to cinema seats.

Everyman Cinema Altrincham - concession area
Everyman Cinema - Auditorium isolated by Farrat

Acoustic isolation was critical on this project, due to the proximity and function of each of these separate spaces. 

There is an increasing trend for buildings and spaces to have multiple uses, therefore designers must consider disturbing noise and vibration frequencies and their harmonics, to ensure sufficient levels of noise and vibration isolation are achieved.

Using our experience from over 200 cinema projects, Farrat supplied a fully-integrated system to acoustically isolate each auditorium (installed by fit-out contractor G F Holding) –

Specification details for the Farrat systems used in this project are available on NBS Plus.


Everyman Altrincham is a fantastic addition to the Everyman portfolio and certainly a special cinema acoustic isolation project for Farrat.

Farrat supply facade thermal breaks for new flagship Adidas store

Farrat thermal breaks used to thermally isolate the facade retention steelwork at new Adidas store

A joint venture between Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Stow Capital Partners, the 425 Oxford Street retail scheme involves the reconfiguration and extension of the lower five floors of a 10-storey building in the West End shopping district, to create a 45,000 sq. ft flagship unit for Adidas.

The redevelopment features new double-height windows on the ground floor and an extensive glass frontage.

To prevent heat loss through the building facade, Farrat have supplied Structural Thermal Breaks for use within the facade retention steelwork. The facade thermal breaks will act as a thermal insulator and avert thermal or cold bridging.

This is a simple, economical and extremely effective solution to meeting Building Regulations by way of reducing the risk of internal condensation.

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks can be used in a wide variety of applications where there is a structural requirement of thermal insulation, including:

  • Steel to steel
  • Steel to concrete / masonry
  • Steel to timber
  • Concrete to concrete

 

A full list of typical applications can be found here.


Handover of the bespoke scheme to Adidas is targeted for Spring 2019.

For material properties, design advice and specification details for Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks, please click here.

Farrat’s supporting acoustic role at the award-winning Royal Academy of Music

Farrat are exceptionally proud to have provided the acoustic isolation solutions for the Royal Academy of Music theatre and new recital hall redevelopment, at Regent’s Park in central London. 

The redevelopment was a unique and complicated acoustic project, with an impressive project team including: Ian Ritchie Architects, ArupWSP structuresUlrike Brandi Licht and Geoffrey Osborne Ltd.

The new acoustically diverse spaces complete a suite of facilities for the Academy’s talented and ambitious teaching staff and student body:

  • The Susie Sainsbury Theatre – Designed for both opera and musical theatre productions, the theatre sits at the heart of the Academy with a seating capacity of 309.The theatre has been acoustically refined to deliver outstanding sound qualities, so that the space can act as the final chamber for the human voice, enhancing and perfecting the sound qualities.
  • The Angela Burgess Recital Hall – Created directly above the theatre, the recital hall has been acoustically isolated from all other parts of the building, and provides the Academy with a further 230m² of space and 100 seats.

Farrat Technical Director, Ryan Arbabi, provided technical guidance on how to acoustically separate the two performance spaces to achieve an exceptionally high level of sound insulation, within the constraints of both the existing building’s structural capacity and the architect’s ambitious (and truly beautiful) aesthetic agenda.

Royal Academy of Music east-west section showing relationship between Theatre and New Recial Hall
Image courtesy of Adam Scott Photography and Ian Ritchie Architects

The redevelopment project has been praised with a host of awards since its completion. Some of the projects most acclaimed include;

  • Winner 2018 RIBA National Award
  • Winner 2018 RIBA London Building of the Year Award
  • Winner 2018 RIBA London Award
  • Winner 2018 RICS London Award – Leisure & Tourism category
  • Winner 2018 NLA Award – Culture & Community category
  • Commended 2018 ANC Acoustic Awards – Building Acoustics category


Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, Royal Academy of Music
has also praised the project, adding:

‘The spaces are stunningly beautiful, acoustically brilliant and inspiring. They will raise the bar and challenge the students and staff in every possible form of music to reach higher and search further.’


Photography Credits: All images courtesy of Adam Scott Images 

Farrat assist Arup in developing a structural thermal break suitable for latest redevelopment in Fitzrovia, London

80 Charlotte Street is the transformation of 1960s single-use blocks into a fully integrated development in Fitzrovia, London.

80 Charlotte Street, Fitrovia - image courtesy of Make Architects

80 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia – image courtesy of Make Architects

The redevelopment will include an upgrade to interiors, adding new upper-floor extensions and three new atria above roof level. The finished scheme will be a mix office, residential, retail and public space and aims to achieve an environmental rating of ‘Level 4’ under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Farrat assisted Arup in developing a structural thermal break suitable for use between the primary floor beam and column connections.

Understanding the structural requirement of thermal insulation on this project was crucial, and Farrat were able to engage with the designers in the early stages of the project. Farrat manufactured precision-cut Structural Thermal Breaks from our highest-strength material in accordance with the bespoke requirements of the customer, the BBA Quality Plan, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

The Structural Thermal Breaks were supplied with a Certificate of Conformity in accordance with our British Board of Agrément (BBA) Certification.  The BBA standard is a mark of quality and ensures that designers and clients have confidence in a product which is used in structural connections.

Farrat selected to supply Structural Thermal Breaks for The Post Building, London

The Post Building - render courtesy of AHMM Arhcitects

Courtesy of AHMM Architects

The Post Building is a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, located in London’s vibrant Knowledge Quarter.

A combination of carefully curated office, retail and food & beverage amenities, the redevelopment was designed by AHMM Architects and is currently being delivered by Laing O’Rourke. The lower half of the existing frame is retained and a new core and series of intermediate mezzanine levels will be inserted into the centre of its plan. Key structural features include floor to ceiling heights of up to six metres, natural light from all sides and private roof terraces to every floor.

The project targets sustainability ratings of BREEAM Excellent, LEED® Gold and EPC B by incorporating specialist materials and technologies into the design that promote the health and comfort of building occupants and improve building performance.

Farrat were approached early in the construction by the steelwork fabricator to supply structural thermal breaks for use between several connections within the structural frame.

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks are incorporated into connections to reduce energy loss and the risk of condensation. They are frequently used as thermal insulators within many building applications to improve the energy performance of buildings.

We recommended our high-strength TBK Structural Thermal Break material, as this offers the lowest thermal conductivity and is certificated by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). Farrat is also a member of BRE’s Certified Thermal Product Scheme. Plates of various sizes were precision cut at our UK manufacturing facility and dispatched to site.

The Post Building is due for completion in 2018.

For material properties, design advice and specification details for Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks, please click here.

The Farrat team takes a tour of the new Everyman Cinema site in Altrincham

Farrat site visit to the new Everyman cinema currently being built in Altrincham

Last week, we took our team on a tour of the new Everyman Cinema being built in our hometown, Altrincham.

It’s not often that Farrat design, manufacture and supply acoustic isolation for a project so close to home, so it was fantastic to get a first-look at the site in construction.

The boutique cinema is set to open this winter and will house four screens and a bar/restaurant on the first floor, with two retail/leisure units – spanning 4,000 sq ft and 5,000 sq ft – at ground level.

Accessible both from New Market Square and George Street, this will be the second cinema in Altrincham after Vue on Denmark Street and the first to incorporate a high-performance sound insulation system manufactured by Farrat.

Using our experience from over 200 cinema projects, Farrat supplied a fully-integrated system to acoustically isolate each auditorium, including;

The system is currently being installed by the appointed fit-out contractor, G F Holding.

Farrat Lightweight Partition Isolation installed at Everyman Cinema, Altrincham
Installation of Farrat Lightweight Partition Isolation begins at Everyman Cinema, Altrincham

When asked about the Altrincham project, Everyman Chief Executive Crispin Lilly said:

“Our focus is really on experience. We aim to make every guest’s visit special no matter what they choose to watch, and make them fall in love with a night at the cinema.”

Farrat are pleased to help Everyman create this immersive experience.

Specification details for the Farrat systems used in this project are available on RIBA NBS here.

To learn more about Farrat solutions for isolating cinemas, read our range of Cinema resources here.

Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks used to isolate eight-storey steel-framed office block targeting ‘WELL Building Gold Standard’

‘Duke Street’ is an eight-storey office development, which forms part of the much wider St James’s redevelopment – a major 10-year investment programme that will revitalise the renowned central London area with a new public square, offices, retail outlets and high quality residences.

The building will provide 3,234m² of office accommodation, spread over six upper floors with two levels of retail offering 1,034m² of space. The project aims to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ for its commercial floors, BREEAM ‘Very Good’ for its retail zone, and as a whole, is targeting a WELL Building Gold Standard rating for its shell and core. The latter certification recognises the building has been designed as a healthy and productive space for its future occupants.

Farrat were approached by the Steelwork Contractor to supply thermal breaks to sit between steel connections within the structure. The building’s substructure is formed with concrete, and the main steel frame begins at basement level one, with the majority of the steel frame’s connections via fin plates. The thermal breaks were required to act as thermal insulators within the frame, to reduce the risk of thermal bridging and internal condensation.

Our high-strength Structural Thermal Break material was selected, offering the optimum combination of Compressive Strength and Thermal Conductivity. The plates were then precision-cut to the bespoke length, width and hole configurations required.

32 Duke Street - courtesy of New Steel Construction
32 Duke Street - courtesy of New Steel Construction

Duke Street is due to complete in Spring 2019.

For more information on the WELL Building Standard, download the guide here.

For material properties, design advice and specification details for Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks, please click here.