Senior Project Delivery Manager, Neil Wilson, completes a lap of Farrat’s London projects in aid of charity
20th Jan 2021
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.
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.
- Ilona Rose House, a mixed-use commercial development comprising of retail, restaurants, roof 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 seats, Sony 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, a 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 (a 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.
- 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 a 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.