Farrat sponsor the Manufacturing Institute’s Make it Enterprise Challenge

The winners trophy for the Cheshire Heat of the Make It Enterprise Challenge

Last Thursday, Farrat was delighted to sponsor and attended the latest round of the The Manufacturing Institute‘s Make It Enterprise Challenge in Knutsford, where 12 schools from across Cheshire took part in a STEM competition to create a hygienic, efficient and profitable food factory. 

The Make It campaign delivered by The Manufacturing Institute, is a STEM initiative aimed at attracting the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing and promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.

Since 2006, over 30,000 young people and teachers have participated directly in hands-on manufacturing-focused activities that are proven to improve their perceptions of careers in the sector.

In last weeks Cheshire heat, which was sponsored by Farrat and four other North West manufacturers including Air Products, Coveris, Altimex and TATA Chemicals Europe, teams of 13 and 14 year-old boys and girls from local schools were tasked with establishing their own mini-manufacturing businesses in a bid to reach the 2019 Finals.

Students had to design and create a Clean Hygienic Efficient Food Factory for a commercial food manufacturer and complete a series of tasks in specific job roles. Roles ranged from Managing Director to Operations Managers, Finance, Sales and Marketing Managers.

Once their factories were planned, costed and 3D modeled, students then had to develop a sales and marketing strategy and then pitch their fully costed ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style presentation. Help could be gained from Facilitators and Customer Advisers during the day.

The judging panel included Farrat Production Leader Gareth Hogburn.

As a Fellow of The Manufacturing Institute who is trained in the latest LEAN Manufacturing principles & practices, Gareth had a great time quizzing and praising teams on their innovative design choices.

Farrat Production Team Leader Gareth quizzing each team
Farrat Production Team Leader Gareth helping local schools develop their factory ideas
Eleven local schools lined up to win the Cheshire Heat of the MakeIt Enterprise Challenge
Twelve local schools lined up to win the Cheshire heat of the Make It Enterprise Challenge
Farrat proudly sponsored alongside Tata Chemicals, Air Products and Coveris
Farrat proudly sponsored alongside other North West manufacturers
Pointon High School crowned the winners of the Cheshire Heat in the Make It Enterprise Challenge
Poynton High School crowned the winners of the Cheshire Heat in the Make It Enterprise Challenge

All the schools showed great effort, enthusiasm and passion for manufacturing.

After much deliberation, congratulations went to Poynton High School who were crowned winners and took home the trophy of the Chesire Heat. Poynton will now go through to the final next year, to compete against finalists from across the UK.


The Manufacturing Institute –  is an independent charity founded to educate, inspire and improve manufacturing companies and their employees. They deliver a wide range of high quality education, training and consultative services. For more info please visit: www.manufacturinginstitute.co.uk

For more information on STEM events run or facilitated by Farrat, please contact us.

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 gears up to host 450 delegates as ‘Strategic Acoustic Sponsor’ at the MENA Cinema Forum in Dubai

In response to recent research released by PWC that the number of cinema screens in the Middle East are set to jump 38.4% to 1,800 in the next 3-5 years (up from 1,300 currently), the first-ever MENA Cinema Forum will be held this weekend at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, October 28-29.

Farrat are Strategic Acoustic Sponsor fo the MENA Cinema Forum in Dubai

The MENA Cinema Forum will be the first ever business conference of its kind for the regional market and will be participated by 45 speakers and experts, 450 delegates and 90 sponsors, including high-performance sound insulation specialists from Farrat, who will act as headline Strategic Acoustic Sponsor.

The conference will offer a detailed research on the current situation and future growth potential of the cinema industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in front of an audience of 450 industry professionals from over 45 counties.

 

Ryan Arbabi, Technical Director of Farrat, and keynote speaker at the MENA Cinema Forum, commented on the decision to put Farrat at the forefront of the conference as Strategic Acoustic Sponsor,  “This is the first event of its kind in the region and  pulls a much wider audience than we’re typically used to speaking to.

“We’re really looking forward to using the event as a great showcase for our new contractor-focused products and services. I’m particularly pleased to be able to use the event to pre-launch CineFLOOR – our new line of Cinema-specific acoustic floating floors.”

 

Leila Masinaei, Managing Director of GM Events, organiser of the MENA Cinema Forum, added that, “The 38.4% additional cinema screens will help the entertainment market to grow faster as additional capacities will be high enough to meet the growing demand that is expected to come from key countries in the MENA region.

“The recent liberalisation and reform initiatives across countries in the MENA region have opened up a lot of opportunities for industry that will see the biggest boom in the entertainment and cinema industry.”

More than US$3.54 billion investment in cinema screens across the Gulf is expected to help the region’s cinema industry expand manifold, following Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open up the sector 35 years after cinemas were banned in the Kingdom.

 

Oliver Farrell, CEO of Farrat, also commented on Farrat’s commitment to the new Total Acoustic Responsibility service in the MENA region, “In partnership with Sharps Redmore, we’re going to be announcing a brand new initiative exclusive to the MENA region.

“It is unprecedented in its scope and something only world-experts in cinema design such as Farrat and Sharps Redmore could offer, so watch out for a number of exciting announcements from us across the course of the event”.

The eventful conference will be full of activities including workshops, break-out meetings, site visits and major announcements, bringing together the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved within the cinema sector including, but not limited to; local and international governments, investment companies, mall owners, cinema operators and exhibitors, suppliers and industry leaders, to address the growing requirements of the cinema market within the region.

Farrat will be exhibiting at STAND 01 throughout the 2-day conference.

Follow live updates from the event over on our LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

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 high-strength Structural Thermal Breaks used in Manchester Airport’s new ‘Super Terminal’ Balustrade System

Manchester Airport’s £1bn expansion of Terminal 2 is recognised as the biggest single construction project ever to take place in Greater Manchester.

Set for completion in 2020, the expansion known as ‘Super Terminal’, aims to facilitate faster check-in and security checks, as well as a speedier journey through immigration and baggage claim.

Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Progress
Image: Vince Cole

Farrat were approached by the Special Access Consultant to assist with the design, manufacture and supply of a high-strength thermal break that could be used within the Terminal Balustrade System, to prevent condensation and reduce energy loss.

Farrat supplied our highest grade Structural Thermal Breaks as pier bracket backing plates, which were integrated into the hand railing system throughout the Terminal.

Farrat Structural Thermal Break Plate in-situ on balustrade conneciton at Manchester Airport Terminal 2
Manchester Airport Terminal 2 balustrade with Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks installed to prevent cold bridging

Farrat Structural Thermal Break are manufactured from materials specifically developed for use within the building envelope; each of our material grades (Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL) have British Board of Agrément Certification [BBA] and every order is accompanied with a Certificate of Conformance. This means that designers and clients can have complete confidence in the product.

Designers can download specification details for each material grade from RIBA NBS or by contacting our Technical Team here.


Farrat Thermal Breaks chosen as thermal insulators for IKEA’s new ‘leading sustainability store’ in Greenwich

IKEA Greenwich Facade - rendered image courtesy of IKEA
IKEA Greenwich Facade - rendered image courtesy of IKEA

Targeting a BREEAM Excellent accreditation, Ikea Greenwich will be the retailer’s first full-sized London store built in 13 years and will incorporate multiple green technologies in a drive for sustainability; photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and renewable materials will all be used in its construction.

Farrat were contacted during the design phase by the Steelwork Contractor to manufacture thermal breaks for use between several steel connections within the building envelope, such as steel columns and raking glulam struts, which provide vertical support and longitudinal stability to a large external canopy.

Farrat manufactured the Structural Thermal Breaks from an economical and extremely effective thermal break plate material that is BBA certificated and designed to meet Building Regulations, by way of reducing heat loss and the risk of condensation. The plates were precision cut to a tight tolerance from the contractor’s fabrication drawings and supplied direct to site.

For specification details, download from RIBA NBS here.