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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60 Years Farrat – Steve’s Story

QC&E Controller - Steve Gardner



Areas Of Expertise: Quality, Compliance, Environmental
Education: MBA BSc(Hons) C.Mgr MCMI MIET
Time at Farrat: 1 Year

What’s your role at Farrat?

I am Farrat’s QC&E Controller, which stands for Quality, Compliance and Environmental.

Within the Quality side of my role, I make sure that NCR’s (Non-conformance Reports) are raised, monitored and addressed efficiently to help maintain the highest quality standards across the business. This includes educating and training teams how to spot and raise NCR’s and ensuring that quality remains at the forefront of our operations.

From a Compliance perspective, I ensure that Farrat processes and procedures are fully compliant with the appropriate nationally recognised standards, and that we continue to meet the requirements of regulatory bodies and our clients.

On the environmental side, I monitor and control any hazards and report to the wider business how to address and mitigate any risks. I also look after the management systems, including our ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO14001: 2015 certifications, which are Quality and Environmental standards.

Importantly, I also have a responsibility for Health & Safety at Farrat.


That sounds like an all-encompassing role! Can you tell me about your career to date, leading you up to this position at Farrat?

Yes, so after school I went to Rochdale Technical College to obtain an OND, which is an Ordinary National Diploma.

I did 2 years full time OND and then began looking for a full-time position, alongside any potential work placements that were available. I was 18 when I managed to land a position with Wylex Ltd. in Wythenshawe as a Laboratory apprentice, which was exciting for me as an ambitious and eager teenager! During my time there I also studied part-time to achieve my HNC, High National Certificate.

After 2 years I went on to work for MEM Ltd. In Oldham as a Test Engineer and completed my HND, Higher National diploma part-time. I was promoted to Senior Test Engineer and during that time I studied with the Open University to do my BSc(Hons) Engineering Degree part-time.

I then became Laboratory Manager, a position I held for 10 years at the company – in total I stayed there for around 16 years. Towards the end of my time I became a Project Manager responsible for New Product Development, during which time I completed my MBA master’s degree in Business Administration part-time with MMU Business School.

Since then I’ve held various positions in Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety Management within Renewable Energy and Engineering organisations.


So, how long have you been a member of the Farrat Team?

I have been a part of the Farrat team officially for just over 12 months, but I also worked with the team as a Consultant beforehand on a separate occasion.


What are your Core Achievements so far during your time at Farrat?

I managed the transition from ISO 9001: 2008 QMS and ISO 14001:2004 EMS Certification to the 2015 Standard externally Audited by our Accreditation Body TÜV Nord UK Ltd.

Farrat QMS and EMS Certifications

Farrat QMS and EMS Certifications


I’ve also introduced Operational Excellence / LEAN to the organisation starting with 5S as the foundation and introducing Problem Solving tools and techniques as part of “The Farrat Way!”

Upgraded the CAD Software Packages to standardise on AutoDesk Product Design & Manufacturing Package including Inventor 3D.


Are you a team leader at Farrat? 

Yes, my role as team leader involves being responsible for the Drafting Design Team, which includes managing workloads of the team, ensuring individuals well-being and monitoring the precision of the documents that they produce – essentially, I make sure that everything runs smoothly!

I am also responsible for resolving any major issues that may arise, looking at root cause analysis using A3 Problem Solving techniques as well as being a LEAN Practitioner within the organisation.

And as a team leader, I also form part of the Farrat Leadership Committees (both Construction and Industrial).


With such varied responsibilities, what drives you on a daily basis?

I would say that every day is different at Farrat, which for me, makes it very interesting.

There are always challenges, so I never get bored – I’m always pushing myself to solve problems and drive improvements wherever I can.


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

Alternately, get in touch with Steve to discuss Quality, Compliance and Environmental on: +44 (0) 161 924 1608.

Farrat visit CineEurope in Barcelona

Farrat visit CineEurope

Produced by The Film Expo Group, CineEurope is the official convention of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), an international trade association representing cinema exhibitors and their national associations across 37 European territories whose focus is to better promote the social, cultural and economic value of cinemas in Europe and internationally.

Farrat CEO Oliver Farrell will meet with several of Europe’s leading commercial cinema integrators at the conference this week, to discuss our latest innovations in cinema construction and how Farrat can support local contractors to build high-impact, immersive sound experiences for cinema audiences in emerging regions.

Over the last 12 months the Building Acoustics Team at Farrat have worked to re-calibrate our range of high-performance sound insulation solutions to better suit the demanding acoustic requirements of today’s modern cinema auditoria.

A key driver for this has been Farrat’s desire to respond to (and keep pace with) the latest innovations in cinema technology around the world, including the introduction of 4DX/D-Box motion seating systems, IMAX screens and Dolby Atmos/DTS surround sound systems.

Farrat CEO Oliver Farrell at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona
CineEurope Conference - 28 Years of Promoting European Cinema

The recent introduction of our new Farrat Cine Range is a demonstration of our focused commitment to the global cinema construction market and once rolled out in full, it will be the markets first complete range of high-performance sound insulation systems designed specifically for cinemas:

  • CineFLOOR Acoustic Floating Floors
  • CineSTEEL Steel Frame Raked Seating Isolation
  • CineTIMBERTimber Frame Raked Seating Isolation
  • CineWALLAuditorium Partition Base Track Isolation (JULY 19)
  • CineTIEAuditorium Acoustic Ceiling Hangers (COMING SOON)

Each system in the range offers four grades of acoustic isolation, ranging from minimum to maximum performance: NEO, LITE, PRO & MAX.

At the top end of the spectrum, our MAX grades are future-proofed to withstand even the most intrusive vibrations and frequencies, such as those generated from 4DX motion seating and Dolby Atmos/DTS surround sound, typically found in larger multiplex cinemas.

At the lower end, LITE and NEO grades take into consideration the requirements of smaller, more lightweight auditoriums often found in independent cinemas and refurbs.

The ultimate intention being to cater to auditoriums of all shapes and sizes, offering full flexibility to cinema operators, designers and contractors.

Oliver will be at the CineEurope Conference from 17-19th June 2019, located at Barcelona International Convention Centre – CCIB. For more information on the event program visit: 

Farrat appointed on the OCC Spuikwartier project in The Hague

Farrat appointed to The OCC in 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

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 - 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.

Farrat join the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) as Industry Member

Farrat are now a member of the BCSA

Farrat have been granted Industry Membership to the BCSA following independent assessment of our role as a UK manufacturer and supplier of Structural Thermal Breaks.  

The BCSA is the national organisation for the steel construction industry in the UK.

Industry Members are recognised as principal companies involved in the direct supply of components and materials used in structural steelwork and must have a purchase, design and supply facility within the UK.

Farrat are proud to be joining the BCSA in line with our continued commitment to the steelwork sector as an accredited & reliable manufacturer and a top-tier supplier of Structural Thermal Breaks.