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Upcoming Webinar: The significance of Structural Thermal Breaks in high rise fire design and Building energy performance

Farrat is partnering with the Institute of Structural Engineers this June to produce a new webinar on the significance of Structural Thermal Breaks in high rise fire design and building energy performance. This webinar is ideal for designers, architects, engineers, and specifiers, who are looking to go beyond the standard in fire design and energy efficiency.

Since the tragic circumstances of the Grenfell disaster, designing for fire construction material choice in all its facets has become a focus of design teams across the world. In balance, the global demand for energy efficiency and net-zero carbon pulls designers in an equally important direction.

This webinar with Farrat looks through the lens of Structural Thermal Breaks at the multi-role demands of building components to deliver best-in-class performance in sustainable credentials and building physics without compromising on fire safety.

The webinar will assist designers in understanding:

  • The latest developments in UK Fire and Building Safety regulations
  • Current requirements for specifying safety-critical building products
  • Up to date thought on the UK standards for construction material performance information
  • Current direction and time frame for Structural ‘Green’ Steel and the journey towards Net Zero
high rise fire design

Date: Tuesday 21st June

Time: 9 – 10am BST

Presenter: Chris Lister. Commercial Manager – Structural Thermal Breaks

Chris Lister is the Commercial Manager for Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks and British Construction Steel Association BCSA National Council Member. Having studied both Engineering and Architecture he has worked exclusively in the construction and building product design sector, in both senior technical and commercial roles.

At Farrat he is principal in the development of Farrat Structural Thermal Break products and facade design solutions. He’s a passionate contributor to the global discussion on fire safety in high-rise structures and building physics research and advocate for achieving the highest level of energy efficiency in building design.

Chris is a dedicated father, diehard Rugby player, and fair-weather motorcyclist.

A look ahead at 2021 Projects with Farrat

As we enter February, we are pleased that 2021 looks set to be another busy year for Farrat solving some of our industries most exciting engineering challenges. Our team are currently ‘on mission’, working hard with project teams across construction and industrial to deliver high-performing acoustic and vibration isolation, structural thermal breaks and industrial vibration control solutions into key markets. Take a look at a few of our current projects below.

Acoustic Isolation

East Square Cinema in Basildon

A new 10-screen cinema located on East Square in Basildon is currently under construction as part of the towns master regeneration project, which is due to be completed in the summer of 2021. This new multiplex is set to contain the largest cinema screen in Essex and is being delivered by McLaren Construction.

The steel frame was completed at the end of 2020 and we have already manufactured and supplied solutions from within Farrat’s Cine range, with CineSTEEL and CineWALL beginning the acoustic isolation. In 2021 we will be providing Farrat Installation Services with our CineFLOOR system to build on our work so far and ensure the project is completed on schedule.

Vibration Isolation

The Factory in Manchester

The Factory has featured heavily on our construction agenda in 2020 and is now rolling into 2021, as the development rises into the Manchester skyline. The new multi-million pound arts centre will be the permanent home of Manchester International Festival and is expected to deliver a £1.1bn boost to the city’s economy over a decade.

Farrat have supplied 1,001 individually designed, engineered and manufactured acoustic bearings to date, with another 1,000 predicted for 2021.

The Factory Manchester at night

Industrial Vibration Control

Global supply into the Canning Industry

Farrat have supported the global canning industry consistently over the last decade, consulting, engineering and manufacturing a range of industrial vibration control solutions that enable plant operators to achieve improved OEE and reduce spoilage.

Following the success of 2020, in 2021 we are set to be working to deliver a canning factory in South America and two more in Europe.

Improving quality and production for rolling plants

In addition to the canning industry, Farrat have projects lined up in steel and aluminium rolling plants. Rolling is the metal forming process in which metal stock is passed through one or more pairs of rolls to reduce the thickness or make the thickness of the metal consistent.

In 2021, we will be supporting steel and aluminium rolling plants in Turkey and South America to achieve better quality and production rates.

industrial Farrat

Structural Thermal Breaks

Continued growth and material development

For Farrat Structural Thermal Breaks, 2021 brings the much-anticipated conclusion of Joe Pemberton’s Farrat sponsored 3-year PhD study in association with University of Salford and their construction of the world acclaimed Energy House 2 project. 2021 will also see the continuation of Projects at London’s Chelsea Barracks and Battersea, as well as the redevelopment of Birmingham’s city centre and Manchester’s residential quarters.

Growing through challenges

No doubt 2021 will bring with it a host of challenges, as we work around restrictions and attempt to get back to some assemblance of ‘normal’, but with so many exciting projects and plans for the year, we are looking forward to seeing changing skylines and construction technology developments.

#onamission

Senior Project Delivery Manager, Neil Wilson, completes a lap of Farrat’s London projects in aid of charity

As part of our recent winter fundraising campaign – during which Farrat employees collectively covered over 3,000km from our office in Altrincham to reach Santa’s village in Lapland raising funds for 5 charities – Senior Project Delivery Manager, Neil Wilson, completed a jog around London to take in some of our recent projects whilst clocking up his distance.  

Farrat charity event run

Setting out from the Everyman Cinema near Kings Cross (where Farrat CineWALL PRO provides the acoustic isolation for auditorium screens)Neil finished up at the new sustainable Google HQ which is currently under construction and integrates Farrat high-performance bridge bearings. 

On his tour, Neil passed a dozen other Farrat projects, including:  

  • The former Royal Mail location, which was recently converted into 681 high class residential spaces and utilises bespoke Farrat acoustic floating floors to overcome the vibration control challenges that the busy location generates.  
  • A theatre project on St Giles Circus junction in the West End of London, which is surrounded by a tangle of underground tunnels and features another bespoke Farrat floating floor to mitigate noise disturbance. 
Everyman Cinema
Goggle Headquarters
Royal Mail Project
St Giles Circus
  • Ilona Rose House, a mixed-use commercial development comprising of retail, restaurantsroof terraces and pedestrian walkways, which are set to generate much needed employment into the area.  Here Farrat supplied Structural Thermal Breaks to reduce heat loss and mitigate against thermal bridging.
  • VUE Cinema in Leicester Square, which has originally built in 1938, but re-opened in 2017 following a major refurbishment complete with leather reclining seatsSony 4K digital projection and Dolby Atmos sound.  Farrat cinema isolation materials were engineered into the IMAX screen to ensure optimal acoustic isolation and the best possible viewing experience.
  • Queen Street, residential property that utilises the Farrat CineFLOOR system to isolate vibrations from the busy surrounding environment. 
  • Just down the road, another residential project – 60 Curzon Street – where Farrat designed, engineered and manufactured the structural bearings that hold the weight of the load bearing walls above.
  • Claridge’s (building that needs no introduction in London)which underwent a major extension between 2019 and 2020 and where Farrat supplied acoustic pads within a CineFLOOR LITE system to ensure that surrounding hustle and bustle does not interfere with the guest’s comfort.
Leicester Square VUE cinema
Queen Street
60 Curzon Street
Claridges
  • 20 Grosvenor Square, a super prime residential development built between 2014 and 2018.  Farrat worked closely with the project team to not only provided the Structural Thermal Breaks to insulate the building efficiently, but full building vibration isolation system incorporating the Farrat CineFLOOR PRO range to isolate the building from surrounding vibrations, which became an integral part of the entire project.  
  • Neil then passed by the award-winning Royal Academy of Music, where Farrat developed a bespoke acoustic isolation system.  And just a little further along, Regents Crescent, another super prime residential centre where Farrat provided the Structural Thermal Breaks as well as structural bearings and Farrat CineFLOOR PRO for vibration isolation.  

 His last two stops before finishing at the new Google Headquarters were the Royal College of General Practitioners – a 290 seat auditorium with the added complication of being a Grade 2 listed building, with strict regulations to work around – and Cartwright Gardens – central London student accommodation.   

It is amazing to be able to see such huge engineering achievements delivered by Farrat in this one – albeit long – run, and demonstrate how Farrat is playing a key role in developing our nation’s capital; working around networks of underground and overground trains, main roads and surrounding hospitality venues as well as nearby airports, to delight our customers.   

#onamission 

Grosvenor Square
The Angela Burgess Recital Hall
Royal College of General Practitioners
Cartwright Gardens

Seasons Greetings from all at Farrat

With the end of 2020 fast approaching, everyone at Farrat would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and wholeheartedly thank you for choosing to work with us this year.

It’s been a challenging year for many of us, but the future is looking bright – and together we work towards a prosperous 2021. Our team look forward to continuing working by your side in the New Year.

Until then, we invite you to join us in a look back at our ‘Best Bits of 2020’ below.

Despite the odds, we believe it has still been a successful year – Mission complete!

Here’s a short reel highlighting some of the fantastic achievements made by our team this year. Who remained on mission (despite the challenges) to delight our customers, whever they are in the world, with the best technical solutions to their engineering challenges.

 

Please note our seasonal shutdown dates below.

 

Farrat will close for the festive period on Wednesday 23rd December 2020 at 4pm. We will re-open on Monday 4th January 2021 at 8.30am.

Last order date of 2020 will be Friday 18th December 2020, with flexibility for orders of in-stock items until the 21st.

Our last dispatch date of the year will be Tuesday 22nd December 2020.

If you wish to submit your final order of the year please contact our Sales Team before the end of Friday 18th December (4pm), or submit your request by email now.

Important CEO Update 21/10/20

Oliver Farrell, Group CEO

Farrat undergoes third generation family buyout with Oliver Farrell as new Group CEO.

Following 60 years of success as a family owned and operated engineering company, Farrat Isolevel Ltd is officially bought by youngest son Oliver Farrell in a multi-million pound deal that positions him as major shareholder and sees the business portfolio restructured under new ‘EOM Group Holdings Ltd’.

 

We are pleased to announce that Farrat Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Farrell, whose grandfather founded Farrat, has acquired a majority stake in our Altrincham-based business from his parents John and Gabriele, his aunt and his brother Andrew.

Richard Farrell established the business in 1959 and his son John, Oliver’s father, later took the helm.

Oliver has worked at Farrat in a senior role for over 14 years and has been a major driver in growing our company to achieve its record year in 2019.

The multi-million pound buyout deal has been in motion since the beginning of the year and has been a strenuous process that would not have been possible without a huge collective effort both internally and externally, with support provided by HURST Corporate Finance, MSA Law, Slater Heelis and HSBC UK.

Throughout the fundraising, due diligence and the underlying COVID-19 business environment, Oliver and our team have demonstrated what a strong and resilient business Farrat is.

Farrat has expanded in recent years with an international focus under a leadership team appointed as part of our  succession planning. Now 42 employees strong, the senior team behind Oliver helping steer our engineering and manufacturing business forwards includes; Finance Director Kathryn Goulden, Technical Director Ryan Arbabi, Paul Mellish as Engineering and Operations Director and Mike Innes as Non-Executive Chairman.

Prior to the buyout, Farrat acquired Universal Vibration Solutions Ltd (UNIVIB), a specialist industrial vibration consultancy and as part of the restructure brought AcouStruct Ltd, high quality installer of acoustic systems such as floating floors, isolated foundations and acoustic bearings into the EOM group.

 

Explaining the business restructure and looking towards the bright future of the company, Oliver Farrell, our new Group CEO, said:

“We have been a proudly family owned business since our foundation over 60 years ago and that continues to be the case. My brother Andrew and I have been leading Farrat jointly for the last five years and we have successfully grown our business in our key areas of Vibration Control and Structural Thermal Breaks. This has only been possible through the strong relationships we have built with both our suppliers and our customers.

We have now decided that the time is right to restructure the business, with Andrew stepping down and myself moving into a position of Group CEO. This will allow me to continue, along with our team, to drive forwards our Farrat vision of  ‘Engineers on a Mission’ and enable Andrew to focus on developing other interests in property.

With support from HSBC, I have now become the major shareholder of the holding company EOM Group Holdings Ltd which has full ownership of Farrat Isolevel Ltd, Farrat Switzerland AG and AcouStruct Ltd. My father John has retired, but retains both a shareholding and a strong interest in the ongoing development of Farrat”.

 

Ben Bradley, of HURST Corporate Finance, and Adrian Young, a partner in HURST’s tax team, advised management on the buyout and are retained as Farrat’s full-service advisory firm.

 

Ben Bradley said:

“the rationale of the buyout is to drive the business forward and capitalise on UK and international growth opportunities. Oliver has built a strong team who combined with the expertise within the workforce and market-leading technology, products and services, are capable of achieving the company’s ambitious goals”.

 

Bernard McIlroy of MSA Law, Simon Wallwork and Janet Robinson of law firm Slater Heelis and Tarifa Simpson of Mazars also advised on the buyout. Sam Roden and Darren Martin of HSBC UK Business Banking, arranged a multi-million pound funding package for the transaction.

 

Concluding on the restructure, Oliver Farrell reassures that:

“There are and will be, no changes to the operational business of Farrat and in that sense it is very much ‘business as usual. I now look forward to leading our wonderful, talented and dedicated team in our mission to delight our customers – wherever they are in the world – with the best technical solutions to their engineering challenges”.

 

If you have any questions about this latest update, media & press related or otherwise, please contact Farrat Marketing Manager, Charlene Giles on cg@farrat.com , or reach out to any member of our team.