Projects

The Reopening of Flagship Hammersmith Arts Centre Riverside Studios for 2020

The massive renovation project at the Riverside Studios came to a close with the opening of the most modern TV studio in the whole of the UK. It also has two theatre spaces with 200 and 500 seat capacity, 2 cinemas and social facilities such as a café, coffee shop and bar.

Farrat were pleased to be a big part of this innovative building whose key aim was to have sound isolation so great that productions could run simultaneously without disrupting each other. The studios in particular were designed with a complete “box-in-box” design enabling maximum use at all times.

Farrat were involved with the sound insulation of the cinemas and studios one, two and three. A mix of bearings were used to ensure sound was isolated to the extent that it would not be heard or felt anywhere else in the building, including Farrat Acoustic Laminated Bearings and Farrat Hybrid Bearings. Other materials used to achieve this effect include Farrat ISOMAT and Farrat AWSTC Acoustic Washers.

Riverside

Farrat were involved with the sound insulation of the cinemas and studios one, two and three. A mix of bearings were used to ensure sound was isolated to the extent that it would not be heard or felt anywhere else in the building, including Farrat Acoustic Laminated Bearings and Farrat Hybrid Bearings. Other materials used to achieve this effect include Farrat ISOMAT and Farrat AWSTC Acoustic Washers.

Artistic director of the space, William Burdett-Coutts, said: ‘To see Riverside Studios reopen its doors to the public is the culmination of a dream. Whilst the old building held an extremely fond place in the hearts of people across the arts, television and film worlds it had all the benefits and problems of a “found space”. Essentially it began life as a Victorian factory and through a number of different incarnations played a part in all these different worlds.

landscape materials photo

‘Today the new building combines all these interests into a fantastic new public facility which can realise the potential for this incredible site in London. The artists that have passed through the building are legendary and we look forward to welcoming many more in future and making this a place the public feel they can enjoy and cherish.’

Riverside landscape

Steel Construction in Education Buildings with Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks

State of the art, modern buildings can only enhance an individual’s education, and steel construction is a large part of creating these inspirational projects in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Farrat’s structural thermal break team are pleased to have supplied products for a number of projects, recently opened for the start of the academic year in 2019.

The London School of Economic’s new building brought together sustainable design and a desire to improve the well-being of the inhabitants. The exo-skeletal bracing sits outside the envelope of the building creating a striking design as well as enabling a range of teaching and learning spaces. The facility offers four lecture theatres, twelve seminar rooms and hundreds of study spaces.

The first new secondary school in Scotland for 25 years; Bertha Park High School – on the outer rim of Perth – has a distinct wedge-like shape created using a steel framework. At the northern end of the building, the framework measures seventy metres long and forty metres wide. The opening of this brand-new community resource in time for the start of the year in 2019 meant a new group of local students could make use of both the educational and social areas.

Steel construction also featured heavily in the new sports hub for the University of Warwick. It includes a 230 space gym, a swimming pool, 3G sports pitches, squash courts, a marital arts hall, space for 1,000 spectators and an impressive climbing wall as well as socializing areas.

The design features steel framework and metal decking, and relied heavily on use of Building Information Modelling to co-ordinate changes as the building grew and evolved. This use of technology and design innovation meant the project was completed 5 weeks early without compromising on the impressive finish.

The distinctive building is fronted by a series of ‘signature Ws’, exposed internal steelwork and visible exterior steel as an architectural feature.

The University of Central Lancashire’s Engineering Innovation Centre is based at the Preston Campus and was designed with the next generation of engineering innovators in mind. The building is six stories high, and the steel frame ended up at around seventy metres wide.

The design is flexible in nature with a column free approach and in some instances the ability to move partitions between classrooms. Clearly the aim here was to future proof this part of the university’s £230million campus ‘masterplan’ for a range of potential uses.

Take a look at our structural thermal break website to learn how to create energy efficient, compliant buildings.

2019 at Farrat – a year of success

2019 has been a busy year for Farrat and full of achievements and projects to be proud of.  There are too many to go into in one post, but here are a few of the highlights of 2019.

Longevity is an ultimate aim for most businesses, and for Farrat to celebrate it’s 60th year this year was a fantastic achievement. A family business now into it’s third generation, Farrat continues to grow with a well-established team, many of whom plan to be here to celebrate 70 years no doubt.

Farrat celebrating 60 years of engineering and manufacturing in the UK

The growth of our non-structural vibration isolation department – new expanding markets has meant the size of this department has nearly doubled in size, with the launch of several new products in our Cine range. The number of projects in the middle east has grown with a number of high-profile openings this year including the largest mall in Egypt, which we were a significant part of.

Growth of cinema in the MENA region is huge with 500 new cinema screens planned between 2018 and 2023, and following attendance of the second MENA cinema forum, Farrat are looking to continue to be a big part of that.

The MENA cinema forum this year introduced a new way to display the power of Farrat’s Cine Range. Affectionately dubbed ‘the cube of silence,’ this demonstration enabled our Commercial Director Ryan Arbabi to show just how much noise and vibration we can isolate!

Farrat has continued a truly global reach in 2019, with more countries than we could go into in much detail. From canning factories in France, Brazil and the UK, shock isolation in Taiwan, vibration control at The Hague in the Netherlands and in Slovakia, in addition to the work in MENA with the growth of cinema in Saudi Arabia on the horizon – it’s been a globe trotting year!

Farrat TBF was a brand-new product launched this year, following numerous requests for a fire safe thermal break product. Fire safe thermal break material is not yet a legal requirement but to be able to launch a product as ahead of the curve, and one we truly believe will be in high demand in the future, was an exciting achievement.

Farrat TBF

The team has expanded this year to accommodate growth, but in addition to that, Farrat truly believes in developing team members internally. A large number of people within Farrat have progressed to new positions in house.

2020 sees a new level of growth with more exciting plans that we look forward to updating you on from as close as Manchester to the other side of the world.

Production & Operations working together at Farrat to achieve great things!

Over the last few weeks, Farrat Production & Operations Teams have been busy working round the clock to manufacture and deliver a diverse range of high-performance isolation systems to some incredible projects located around the world.

Below we have highlighted just a few examples of the solutions that have been manufactured and dispatched in the last few weeks, by our hardworking and passionate team.

200x Farrat Isoblocs for installation under Presses in Taiwan
200x Farrat Isoblocs for installation under Presses in Taiwan

200x Farrat Isoblocs for installation under Presses in Taiwan to provide high-load shock isolation.

68x Farrat Laminated Natural Rubber (LNR) Structural Bearings to isolate London Hotel
68x Farrat Laminated Natural Rubber (LNR) Structural Bearings to isolate London Hotel

68x Laminated Natural Rubber (LNR) Bearings for a London Hotel being built next to a music venue.

14x pallets of Anti-Vibration Materials to configure Isolated Foundations for a Canning factory in France
14x pallets of Anti-Vibration Materials to configure Isolated Foundations for a Canning factory in France

14x pallets of Anti-Vibration Materials to configure Isolated Foundations for a Canning factory in France.

30x CineSTEEL MAX acoustic isolators for steelwork at the new Cineworld 4DX in Cheltenham...
30x CineSTEEL MAX acoustic isolators for steelwork at the new Cineworld 4DX in Cheltenham...

30x CineSTEEL MAX acoustic isolators for the raked seating in the new Cineworld 4DX in Cheltenham.

These particular isolation systems required Farrat resources across Engineering & Design, Rubber Moulding, Waterjet, Assembly and Dispatch to work together to produce a fit-for-purpose solution that met the client brief and could be delivered on time.

As with all Farrat products and solutions, they were manufactured under an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Assurance System and the international ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard.

These latest projects making their way out the door demonstrate a great effort by all involved and are a prime example of how teams at Farrat work together to flow customer value through the organisation and achieve great things.

Reflecting our ongoing, shared commitment to provide our customers – wherever they are in the world – with the best technical solutions to their engineering challenges.

For more information on our Manufacturing capabilities click here.

The largest cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened to moviegoers in Jeddah at The Mall of Arabia.

muvi Cinemas is operated by Next Generation Company

Fully acoustically isolated by Farrat, the 15-screen Muvi Cinema accommodates 1,950 guests and is the first of a series of developments in the country by the nationally owned and operated cinema chain.

Farrat’s Building Acoustics team worked with the Chapman Taylor design team to engineer, manufacture and supply a series of high-performance sound insulation systems for each auditorium based on their individual acoustic demands.

Each acoustic isolation system was configured using CineFLOOR PRO for the acoustic floating floors, CineSTEEL PRO for the raked seating isolation and CineWALL PRO (a new system not yet released to the wider market) to isolate auditorium partitions.

The new movie venue offers a number of first-of-its-kind experiences in the Kingdom that impacted the choice of acoustic isolation, including the use of Barco’s high-resolution laser projectors to offer the ultimate visual quality on the largest screen in the Kingdom as well as the use of Dolby Atmos surround system for the best-in-class audio experience for blockbusters.

Muvi Cinema at The Mall of Arabia
Muvi Cinema at The Mall of Arabia_xperience

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 appointed on the OCC Spuikwartier project in The Hague

Farrat appointed to The OCC in The Hague

OCC SPUIKWARTIER,
THE HAGUE

Client: Boele & Van Eesteren and Visser & Smit Bouw
Architect: NOAHH, NL Architects and Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists


Farrat’s Special Projects Division has been appointed to deliver a comprehensive vibration control system for the new OCC Spuikwartier development in The Hague –  soon to be the largest educational and cultural complex in the Netherlands. 

Due to the exceptionally high performance criteria and prestige of the project, our team will engineer and manufacture bespoke designed Hybrid Bearings and Acoustic Floating Floors to optimise the acoustic design of auditoriums dedicated to music, theater and dance.

The comprehensive plan includes the development of a new cultural hub that will house the Residentie Orkest, the Nederlands Danstheater, the Dans- en Muziekcentrum Den Haag Foundation and the Royal Conservatory.

The project will include a 1,500-seat symphonic auditorium, a 1,300-seat dance theater with orchestra pit, a chamber music hall and a large orchestra rehearsal room.

The building will also include apartments, a hotel, commercial outlets and a parking area able to accommodate 1,500 bicycles.

Expected completion: 2020.

Salle Concert Hall, The OCC at The Hague
Dance Theatre, The OCC at The Hague

Farrat Thermal Breaks help reduce energy loss across New Bailey Scheme

Two New Bailey Square - Update from Site May 2019

Following our recent supply of Structural Thermal Breaks to Greater Manchester’s newest state-of-the-art office development One New Bailey, Farrat have also been appointed to thermally insulate structural connections at the second office building in the major mixed-use scheme, Two New Bailey Square.

The developments are expected to be complete by the end of 2019 and are being delivered by the English Cities Fund – a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes England.

Both buildings have been specified to achieve Grade A BREEAM “Excellent” Standard, offering pre-let tenants such as Salford City Council and Eversheds Sutherland, best in class office environments built to the highest sustainability credentials. Integrating Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks between horizontal and vertical connections of both internal and external elements, will prevent thermal bridging in structural connections and significantly reduce heat loss across each building.

There a 5 projects currently underway in the New Bailey master scheme in total, each occupying a prominent position opposite Manchester’s internationally renowned Spinningfields business district.

New Bailey Scheme Masterplan - courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield
New Bailey Scheme Masterplan - Courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield

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 Structural 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.

In The News – Work starts on the new Cineworld in Hounslow as the first phase of the High Street Quarter’s major regeneration project.

The ten-screen multiplex cinema will be built using over 1,300t of hot rolled steelwork and will be fully acoustically isolated using the Farrat CineFLOOR PRO and CineSTEEL PRO systems.

BHC Steelwork - Cineworld Hounslow starts on site

When designing an auditorium, it is critical that the acoustic performance of the cinema screen is not compromised by rigid connection to any surrounding structures.

Systems within the CineFLOOR and CineSTEEL ranges ensure that the most important secondary structures in a cinema are kept totally independent of the main structure, the structural floor slab and any adjacent screens. This keeps cinema sound where it belongs and prevents unwanted noise intrusion.

 

Isolating Cinema Floors:

 

Isolating Cinema Raked Seating and Steelwork:

  • CineSTEEL PRO is a NEW grade of high-performance sound insulation developed by Farrat, used to isolate cinema raked seating and secondary steelwork structures.
  • CineSTEEL is primarily intended for use with concrete stadia and is is widely compatible with a variety of steel frame type and baseplate/bolt combinations.
  • If you’d like to learn more about the Farrat CineSTEEL range ahead of launch, please contact our Building Acoustics Team 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.

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Farrat supply Structural Thermal Breaks to insulate connections across a 15,000t steelwork package, being erected at the new Edinburgh St James retail scheme

Edinburgh St James with egg shaped W Hotel

Edinburgh St James is one of the most significant construction and regeneration projects currently under way in the UK and the largest city centre development Edinburgh has seen for decades.

The £1bn project is replacing a 1960s shopping centre with 79,000m² of new retail space, alongside a new five-star W Hotel, an Aparthotel, 152 prime residential apartments, more than 30 restaurants and the city’s first Everyman Cinema.

Numerous column grid patterns requiring hundreds of tonnes of transfer structures, are helping to create the large retail-led mixed-use scheme, with a steelwork package totalling 15,000t of steel being fabricated by the appointed steelwork contractor BHC.

Following specification by the Architect, Farrat are set to supply over £90k of Farrat TBK Structural Thermal Breaks to thermally separate steel connections across buildings in the project.

Edinburgh St James main retail mall, which sits above a car park
Edinburgh St James main retail mall, which sits above a car park
Edinburgh St James - smaller residential grid sits above the retail elements of the project
Edinburgh St James - smaller residential grid sits above the retail elements of the project

As of March 2019, BHC had erected approximately one-third of the overall 15,000t of steel, a total that amounts to the company’s largest ever project. The steelwork package is due to complete in June 2020, with the project opening in phases, beginning with the retail and leisure element anticipated to complete in 2020, and the remainder of the development in late 2021 when the W Hotel and residential parts will be ready.


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 Structural 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.

Farrat Anti-Vibration Materials used to enhance high-speed Hyperloop pod

Our Industrial Team recently supplied undergraduate engineers from Colorado School of Mines, with high-performance Anti-Vibration Materials to dampen vibrations affecting their prototype for the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop IV Competition.

The competition intends to revolutionize the worlds transportation systems, challenging student teams to design and build a high-speed pod that can be propelled through a low-pressure tube at theoretical speeds of up to 760mph!

Farrat Anti-Vibration Materials will help to stabalise the prototype pod wheels when travelling at high speeds, damping vibrations ranging from 0 to 30 Hz.

We do not want to give too many details of the vibration damping system away ahead of the competition entry submission, so in the meantime, take a look at the competition trailer below or  learn more about Farrat Anti-Vibration Materials for Industrial Applications here.


Designing a resilient support or connection and selecting the correct vibration isolating or damping material for it can be complex, but Farrat’s Industrial Team are here to help. We can guide you in your selection, so that you are confident that the material supplied is the optimum solution.

Please contact us with your specific requirements and we will work with you to develop a solution that considers: performance, longevity, environmental conditions, installation and budget.