Case Study – Nottingham Trent University
22nd Sep 2017
Farrat were approached by Evans Concrete, working in conjunction with Evans Vettori Architects and main contractor GF Tomlinson, to install a suitable structural thermal break system for precast concrete coffered units. The installation was to happen off-site in the factory, to simplify construction on-site.
This award-winning £7 million project involved the creation of inspiring state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus.
Farrat’s Technical Team worked with Evans Concrete in the early stages of the design process and in total, supplied 56 thermal break segments for the manufacture of 28 coffered precast concrete units. The 20mm curved ‘Farrat TBL’ Structural Thermal Break plates were installed during the castings process in the factory, allowing the complete unit to be erected in a single operation, incorporating the thermal break within the façade junction.
The bespoke manufacturing CNC process used by Farrat to produce precision-cut TBL Structural Thermal Break Plates was hugely beneficial on this project and the ability to manufacture from sheet material provided the flexibility to install and create concrete units of a shape and size that would not typically suit proprietary mechanical thermal break systems.