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Farrat’s specialist contribution to “The Mayfair Hotel Megabuild” project

Posted on February 3, 2023
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The Farrat specialist floating floor system being installed in Claridge's Art Deco ballroom

Farrat’s specialist acoustic isolation and structural thermal break pads contribute to the 5 Star Claridge’s development as featured in the BBC documentary series: “The Mayfair Hotel Megabuild”

Claridge’s is one of London’s most luxurious hotels, set in the centre of Mayfair originally opened in 1812. A seven-year development project included a new 4-storey rooftop extension and 5-storey basement, with 72 new suites, a spa and pool area all without having to close its doors to guests who are used to the highest level of customer experience.

Farrat supported Quantity Surveyor Rainey & Best and appointed Structural Engineers WSP with specialist technical advice resulting in the design and supply of a series of steelwork isolation pads and acoustic vibration solutions specifically developed to prevent construction noise travelling through the structure and disturbing hotel guests. In addition, their structural thermal break product TBK was used within the construction of the swimming pool area to thermally separate structural connections preventing heat loss in the building envelope. The project was featured in a BBC documentary “The Mayfair Hotel Megabuild” aired in January where Farrat’s innovative acoustic isolation systems were displayed in all their glory.

Farrat Hybrid Bearings used to isolate the steelwork to the new rooftop extension. Preventing construction noise travelling through the 5 Star hotel

Appointed by WSP, Farrat were initially tasked with the isolation of the new steel structure constructed for the rooftop extension using their Hybrid Bearing Technology. CEO Oliver Farrell commented on the Manchester based companies’ involvement.

We worked with WSP to develop a robust system that met both the acoustic requirements and was easily adapted for a range of spatial constraints and loadings.

Manufactured at our Altrincham site acoustic bearings, washers and bushes were cut and delivered within days of design completion.

Farrat also worked on the new ballroom (pictured), supplying the specialist high-performance acoustic floating floor which can be adapted for numerous applications including cinemas, concert halls, entertainment venues, and auditoriums.

The Farrat specialist floating floor system being installed in Claridge's Art Deco ballroom

The Farrat specialist floating floor system being installed in Claridge’s Art Deco ballroom

Neil Wilson Senior Project Delivery Manager at Farrat commented.

Delivering a project of this scale whilst remaining open was always going to be a challenge for everyone involved, from hotel staff to the developers, architects, structural engineers and builders.

Claridge’s is an institution within London, so we were delighted with the results from the work put in by our team ensuring they could maintain their high standards through innovative acoustic and vibration isolation design.

Rainey & Best’s Director Mark Allen added.

This project was a true multi-disciplined effort. Farrat were a pleasure to work with throughout and nothing was ever too much trouble. I’m looking forward to working with Farrat on future projects.

Filmed over six years, the TV series followed the challenging work carried out by a range of specialist engineers to create the new five-storey basement and London’s most exclusive rooftop penthouse. Remaining open to guests with no disruption caused by the build noise and vibration is truly astonishing and must be seen to be believed. The series is available to view on BBC iPlayer.

If you would like to learn more about the design and manufacture of vibration control, thermal isolation and precision levelling solutions, contact our team by email, call us at 0161 924 1600, or fill in the contact us form.

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