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.