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: www.filmexpos.com/cineeurope 

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

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.

For further information:

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.

60 Years Farrat – Phil’s Story

PEOPLE PROFILE:

MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER,
PHIL GOWERS

Areas Of Expertise: Mechanical Design / Product Development
Education: Bachelor of Product Design
Time at Farrat: 12 Months

What is your role at Farrat?

I am a Mechanical Designer at Farrat Isolevel but my role is varied and impacts multiple areas of the business. Recently, I’ve been working on a number of live Structural Vibration Isolation projects, as well as maintaining and updating drawings / models for Farrat’s Machine Mounts, with the aim to improve the overall quality & clarity of their design.

 

Tell us about your journey to date?

I’ve always been interested in mechanical design and took this through to university level. In 2015, I graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Product Design.

Before joining Farrat, I spent 3 years developing modular building systems for offsite construction and lead the product development of a lightweight, flat-pack building system. This background has proven to be key, with many of Farrat’s products targeted at construction applications.

I’ve been at Farrat for 12 months now. After joining Farrat this time last year, I’ve worked on complex vibration isolation projects and made key design changes to help improve product quality across multiple product ranges. I am continuing to work closely with the quality manager to implement process changes aimed at improving the flow of design data throughout the business.

 

Tell us about your experience as both a team member & a leader, and what it means to you?

Over the past 12 months feel I have become a respected and trusted member of the technical team here at Farrat. I continue to learn a lot from my immediate colleagues and as my knowledge grows with my time at Farrat, I aim to transition myself into a leadership role.

 

Phil working on optimising the Farrat LA16 Range

What drives you?

I am an ambitious person with the ability to think outside the box. I enjoy providing innovative ideas to solve restrictive design constraints and I believe I thrive in situations which allow me to focus on finding user centric solutions. Furthermore, I enjoy being able to continually develop new and existing solutions for Farrat’s portfolio of products.

I’m always eager to develop new skills and try to surround myself with people who can support this development. Farrat has proven to be an excellent environment for me, where I work alongside both intelligence and experience.

 

Are there any memorable projects & initiatives that you’ve worked on at Farrat, that you feel has made an impact?

I have been working to support the implementation of a number of major software changes to help the design office become more efficient as a growing company. We’ve introduced a number of products; Autodesk Inventor as our predominant 3D modelling package and Autodesk Vault to fill a critical requirement as an automated CAD data management system. Once these changes have been fully deployed, they will not only help relieve the strain on the design office and add extra capacity, but provide a rigid process structure for design changes & approvals that will benefit many other departments.

I look forward to seeing this in action and observing the benefits across the company.

 

Why Farrat?

Still being in the relatively early stages of my career, I know the knowledge and training I gain over the coming years will provide a crucial foundation for my future ambitions. I feel that not only can Farrat provide me with this foundation, but also put in place a pathway to help me achieve these career aspirations at Farrat.

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

Alternately, get in touch with Phil on: +44 (0) 161 924 1600.

Thermally insulating steelwork at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

CEFAS will incorporate an exposed steel frame that will insulated using farrat structural thermal breaks

Farrat are currently helping to deliver a cost-efficient and sustainable HQ building for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) by thermally insulating the exposed steel frame using Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks.

Based in the Suffolk, the UK marine science agency Cefas (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) is constructing a new £18.3M contemporary headquarters building. The new headquarters will be a sustainable steel-framed landmark and form a central element of a much larger scheme that also includes the phased floor-by-floor refurbishment of an existing 1980s laboratory building.

The building has a composite design with steelwork supporting metal decking and a concrete topping. Most of the steel frame is based around a regular 6m column spacing, with internal spans of up to 12m.

This was deemed sufficient to provide the new building with modern open-plan office and meeting room spaces.

Farrat were recently contacted by the steelwork contractor to help minimise the risk of thermal bridges forming at several different penetrations and transitions in the building envelope.

CEFAS - Model of the steel frame

CEFAS – Model of the steel frame (courtesy of H Young Structures)

 

As the complete system needs to be optimised structurally as well as thermally, Farrat are supplying a combination of Farrat TBK and Farrat TBL thermal break plates in a variety of thicknesses and bespoke hole configurations, to ensure that the system is robust as well as thermally efficient.

The high compressive strength and low thermally conductivity properties of these Farrat Structural Thermal Break materials mean that they will transfer high loads and absorb any bending moments or shear forces, whilst acting as a thermal insulator.

The Cefas project is expected to be complete by May 2020.


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.