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.

Return to Lapland: On a mission to raise funds for charity before Christmas

We’re excited to announce that for the second year running, we are embarking on a virtual expedition to Santa’s Village in Lapland to raise funds for local community charity G-Force.

Our Farrat team and their families will be running, jogging, cycling, walking, swimming and exercising a target total of 1,876 miles to Rovenaniemi. Starting at the Farrat Head Office, we’ll then be heading across the UK, crossing the channel to Holland pass through before going through Germany and Denmark, then trekking all the way up the East coast of Sweden as we then arrive in Finland, taking our final steps to Santa’s village in Lapland.

The challenge started on November 22nd and will end at midnight on December 25th, which gives just 33 days for everyone involved to reach Lapland village.

On our virtual journey, we’re hoping to raise much-needed funds for local voluntary community group, G-Force.

About G-Force

G-Force work with disadvantaged children, young adults, and adults throughout the Altrincham area, providing support, services, and developmental opportunities to all. The community group were formed in 1997, and host a range of initiatives throughout the year. This includes ‘Brush and Brew’ classes, which aim to encourage young people and adults alike to engage in crafts, and art as a means of therapy and recreation, with artwork from these sessions displayed within the local area.

They also work with families in crisis, organising food vouchers, breaks away, help with alternative accommodation, educational support, and educaitonal toys for children. And the group often organise activities in local schools in the Trafford area.

G-Force have been a lifeline for many during the pandemic, and we are proud to be a regular supporter of their cause, with this years Lapland marking the fifth year of Farrat fundraising for the community group. We hope to help them continue their amazing work into 2022!

Support Farrat and G-Force this Christmas

If you would like to support G-Force and Farrat, then you can donate directly on our JustGiving page, by sponsoring our distance. Farrat will be matching all donations pound for pound.



Farrat Academy – Engineers on a mission to help homeschool with STEM

At Farrat we have a team full of people passionate about STEM.

During Lockdown 3.0 we understand that home-schooling was tough, but maybe you’ve got a taste for carrying out some fun but educational activities with your little engineers?

If you are looking for something a bit different, then our team at Farrat are putting together a few STEM @ Home ideas for the next generation of engineers and scientists and we are looking to have a lot of fun too! Each week we will be adding more STEM experiment ideas to try at home and we hope that you find them educational, fun and enjoyable.

Browse our Farrat Academy STEM @ Home activities below.

Episode 11: How to make an articulated hand

This is Account Development Specialist Ginette Collins showing you how to make an articulated hand.

Ginette has worked in engineering companies most of her working life and has spent the last 12 of those years at Farrat.  She’s an expert in all areas of our structural thermal break offering, and works with clients around the world to make sure their projects are as efficient as possible.

Farrat Articulated Hand

Episode 10: How to make a magnetic compass

This is Applications Engineer Dominika Maciejewska showing you how to make a magnetic compass.

Dominika studied Materials Engineering in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She’s worked on projects ranging from houses and residential developments, through to international cultural centres and high-rise skyscrapers.

Episode 9: Which molecules are afraid of water?

This is Applications Engineer Ailish Hepburn showing you which molecules are afraid of water, which aren’t, and why.

Ailish is a highly accomplished graduate with a Masters in Physics and Business Management from the University of Leeds, where she also worked in STEM Education Outreach, demonstrating science experiments to the general public.


Episode 8: How size impacts energy – a bouncing balls experiment

This is Applications Engineer Dan Warren showing you how size impacts energy using footballs and tennis balls.

Dan has worked as an engineer on some amazing projects including auditoriums, cinemas, high rise tower buildings, and is currently on the team working on a new concert hall and future home to the Manchester International Festival.

Episode 7: How to make a telescope

This is Industrial Commercial Manager Kedar Vanbatte with his daughter showing you how to make a telescope.

Kedar is originally from India, and has worked with architects, developers, builders and manufacturers all over the world improving efficiency and productivity.

Farrat Telescope

Episode 6: How to make a bouncy egg

This is Project Delivery Manager Adriana Leotta showing you how to make a bouncy egg.

Adriana is a Building Engineer originally from Italy, who speaks four languages! When she’s not bouncing egg she works on projects including world class concert venues, city centre high rise residential buildings and cinemas around the world.

Episode 5: How to build a Cantenary Arch Bridge

This is Marketing Manager Charlene Giles showing you how to build a Cantenary Arch Bridge.

Charlene has worked in the construction and engineering industry for 10 years and has seen literally hundreds of construction projects go up in that time.  Her favourite subject at school was Art and Design and her partner is actually a bridge engineer, so she has insider knowledge in this area!

how to build a bridge

Episode 4: How to make a floating floor using elasticity

This is Applications Engineer Dan Warren showing you how to how to build a floating floor.

Dan has worked as an engineer on some amazing projects including auditoriums, cinemas, high rise tower buildings, and is currently on the team working on the new concert hall and  future home to the Manchester International Festival; The Factory

Episode 3: How to make a paper skyscraper

This is Structural Thermal Break Commercial Manager Chris Lister showing you how to how to build a skyscraper tower using only two pieces of paper.

Chris has years of experience in engineering and has worked on tower projects including the Shard and the tallest building in Denmark.

paper tower

Episode 2: Using transpiration to make multicoloured flowers

This is Louise Dixon from our marketing team showing you how to make multicoloured flowers using transpiration. 

Louise studied biology at university and her plan for lockdown 3.0 is to carry out as many science experiments as possible with her daughter, without managing to cause irreparable damage to the house!


Episode 1: How to make an igloo – inside and out

Here is Oliver Farrell from our office in Switzerland showing you how to make an igloo.
If there is not enough snow, we have some indoor ideas too.

Oliver is a family man with 3 young daughters. Alongside of this, he is the CEO of Farrat.  In short, if he cannot build an igloo, no one can.

Oliver Farrat Igloo

Coming soon

  • Episode 11: How to make an articulated hand (with moving fingers)
  • Episode 12: How to grow a garlic army.

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
  • 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.   


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

On a Mission: to Lapland and back before the Christmas Holidays!

We’re excited to announce that Farrat have embarked on a virtual expedition to Santa’s Village in Lapland, all in aid of charity.

Our team and their families will be running, jogging, cycling, walking, swimming, stretching (and some of our younger kids are even crawling) the round-trip distance of 6041km from our Altrincham head office to Rovenaniemi and back.

This virtual style ‘fun run’ is taking part between November 23 and December 21, which gives 28 days for everyone involved to reach Lapland village, pick-up and bring back everyone’s presents just in time for Christmas. Farrat will track each fundraisers progress through the Farrat Fundraising Club setup on popular tracking app Strava, which will accumulate all the miles put in by individuals and their household teams.


Along the way we’re hoping to raise funds for five charities nominated by our team – Alzheimer’s Society, National Deaf Children’s Society, the PSP Association, The Christie Fund and local community group G-Force, who work to support disadvantaged children, young adults and adults within the local Altrincham area.

It’s been a difficult 2020 for many, so we’re looking to raise a little Christmas cheer as well as some funds for the very worth causes. If you would like to sponsor our team, please donate via our JustGiving page here.

Farrat will be matching every pound the team raises, so wish us luck!


Farrat to sponsor hybrid META Cinema Forum 2020

The 2020 META Cinema Forum will be conducted as a hybrid event – both online and in person – and Farrat are looking forward to being part of the largest cinema conference covering the Middle East and African Markets.

Adapting to the changing circumstances of 2020, the third META Cinema Forum will include a knowledge packed programme covering all the key critical topics of the cinema sector, including projects, plans, technology and film content. There will then be a post event networking reception for those there in person. Farrat will sponsor this opportunity to meet the leading influencers in the cinema industry in this region.

Farrat acoustic isolation in the middle east

Farrat have been working consistently within the Middle East where the market for acoustic isolation has increased as the number of cinema’s in the region grows. In Saudi Arabia, Farrat delivered the acoustic isolation for 15 multiplexes in the first 12 months after the lifting of the ban on the building of cinemas 2018 alone, and most recently helped to deploy the first Dolby Cinema screen in the country.

The programme – COVID-19 and the cinema industry

The programme has been amended to consider the latest developments affecting the cinema industry. There will be a panel discussion looking into how the COVID-19 is affecting cinema across the globe, and what the future might look like for cinema.

In addition, the conference will look at the latest cinema technology being used, new design considerations and how to get the public safely back in front of the big screen.

For the full conference agenda, and to register, visit the META Cinema Forum website.

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.

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 sponsor the Manufacturing Institute’s Make it Enterprise Challenge

The winners trophy for the Cheshire Heat of the Make It Enterprise Challenge

Last Thursday, Farrat was delighted to sponsor and attended the latest round of the The Manufacturing Institute‘s Make It Enterprise Challenge in Knutsford, where 12 schools from across Cheshire took part in a STEM competition to create a hygienic, efficient and profitable food factory. 

The Make It campaign delivered by The Manufacturing Institute, is a STEM initiative aimed at attracting the brightest and best new talent into manufacturing and promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.

Since 2006, over 30,000 young people and teachers have participated directly in hands-on manufacturing-focused activities that are proven to improve their perceptions of careers in the sector.

In last weeks Cheshire heat, which was sponsored by Farrat and four other North West manufacturers including Air Products, Coveris, Altimex and TATA Chemicals Europe, teams of 13 and 14 year-old boys and girls from local schools were tasked with establishing their own mini-manufacturing businesses in a bid to reach the 2019 Finals.

Students had to design and create a Clean Hygienic Efficient Food Factory for a commercial food manufacturer and complete a series of tasks in specific job roles. Roles ranged from Managing Director to Operations Managers, Finance, Sales and Marketing Managers.

Once their factories were planned, costed and 3D modeled, students then had to develop a sales and marketing strategy and then pitch their fully costed ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style presentation. Help could be gained from Facilitators and Customer Advisers during the day.

The judging panel included Farrat Production Leader Gareth Hogburn.

As a Fellow of The Manufacturing Institute who is trained in the latest LEAN Manufacturing principles & practices, Gareth had a great time quizzing and praising teams on their innovative design choices.

Farrat Production Team Leader Gareth quizzing each team
Farrat Production Team Leader Gareth helping local schools develop their factory ideas
Eleven local schools lined up to win the Cheshire Heat of the MakeIt Enterprise Challenge
Twelve local schools lined up to win the Cheshire heat of the Make It Enterprise Challenge
Farrat proudly sponsored alongside Tata Chemicals, Air Products and Coveris
Farrat proudly sponsored alongside other North West manufacturers
Pointon High School crowned the winners of the Cheshire Heat in the Make It Enterprise Challenge
Poynton High School crowned the winners of the Cheshire Heat in the Make It Enterprise Challenge

All the schools showed great effort, enthusiasm and passion for manufacturing.

After much deliberation, congratulations went to Poynton High School who were crowned winners and took home the trophy of the Chesire Heat. Poynton will now go through to the final next year, to compete against finalists from across the UK.

The Manufacturing Institute –  is an independent charity founded to educate, inspire and improve manufacturing companies and their employees. They deliver a wide range of high quality education, training and consultative services. For more info please visit:

For more information on STEM events run or facilitated by Farrat, please contact us.

Farrat gears up to host 450 delegates as ‘Strategic Acoustic Sponsor’ at the MENA Cinema Forum in Dubai

In response to recent research released by PWC that the number of cinema screens in the Middle East are set to jump 38.4% to 1,800 in the next 3-5 years (up from 1,300 currently), the first-ever MENA Cinema Forum will be held this weekend at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, October 28-29.

Farrat are Strategic Acoustic Sponsor fo the MENA Cinema Forum in Dubai

The MENA Cinema Forum will be the first ever business conference of its kind for the regional market and will be participated by 45 speakers and experts, 450 delegates and 90 sponsors, including high-performance sound insulation specialists from Farrat, who will act as headline Strategic Acoustic Sponsor.

The conference will offer a detailed research on the current situation and future growth potential of the cinema industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in front of an audience of 450 industry professionals from over 45 counties.


Ryan Arbabi, Technical Director of Farrat, and keynote speaker at the MENA Cinema Forum, commented on the decision to put Farrat at the forefront of the conference as Strategic Acoustic Sponsor,  “This is the first event of its kind in the region and  pulls a much wider audience than we’re typically used to speaking to.

“We’re really looking forward to using the event as a great showcase for our new contractor-focused products and services. I’m particularly pleased to be able to use the event to pre-launch CineFLOOR – our new line of Cinema-specific acoustic floating floors.”


Leila Masinaei, Managing Director of GM Events, organiser of the MENA Cinema Forum, added that, “The 38.4% additional cinema screens will help the entertainment market to grow faster as additional capacities will be high enough to meet the growing demand that is expected to come from key countries in the MENA region.

“The recent liberalisation and reform initiatives across countries in the MENA region have opened up a lot of opportunities for industry that will see the biggest boom in the entertainment and cinema industry.”

More than US$3.54 billion investment in cinema screens across the Gulf is expected to help the region’s cinema industry expand manifold, following Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open up the sector 35 years after cinemas were banned in the Kingdom.


Oliver Farrell, CEO of Farrat, also commented on Farrat’s commitment to the new Total Acoustic Responsibility service in the MENA region, “In partnership with Sharps Redmore, we’re going to be announcing a brand new initiative exclusive to the MENA region.

“It is unprecedented in its scope and something only world-experts in cinema design such as Farrat and Sharps Redmore could offer, so watch out for a number of exciting announcements from us across the course of the event”.

The eventful conference will be full of activities including workshops, break-out meetings, site visits and major announcements, bringing together the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved within the cinema sector including, but not limited to; local and international governments, investment companies, mall owners, cinema operators and exhibitors, suppliers and industry leaders, to address the growing requirements of the cinema market within the region.

Farrat will be exhibiting at STAND 01 throughout the 2-day conference.

Follow live updates from the event over on our LinkedIn and Twitter pages.