Farrat keeps noise in check on £130m arts centre

Grant Prior 3 months ago Farrat Isolevel
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Vibration control specialist Farrat is set to supply 2,000 more acoustic bearings this year to the £130m The Factory scheme being built by Laing O’Rourke at the site of the old Granada Studio in Manchester.

The new arts venue is surrounded by eight railways lines, two high rise towers and two major ‘A’ roads so it requires high-performance acoustic and structural vibration isolation on all sides to minimise disturbance.

Farrat have supplied 600 individually designed, engineered and manufactured acoustic bearings to date, with another 2,000 predicted to be needed over the course of 2021 for the Warehouse and Theatre – the two key areas of the project.  

Technical Director Ryan Arbabi said: “The acoustic isolation requirement on The Factory is exceptionally high, the load conditions are varied and complex, and the tolerance is tight.

“We are proud to be designing acoustically isolated assemblies that will connect the structural steel frame to a 200mm thick pre-cast concrete acoustic ‘shell’ – something that has never been attempted before”.

Farrat’s Building Acoustics Team are also working closely with Structural Engineering Specialists from Clancy Consulting to address some of the schemes most complex engineering challenges.  

Adriana Leotta, Project Delivery Manager of The Factory at Farrat said: “Working with Clancy Consulting on The Factory has taken the acoustic isolation system design to the level of engineering and accuracy required to successfully deliver a project of this magnitude.

“Clancy have been extremely supportive during our long relationship. They have a strong sense of responsibility in providing the right solution and advice for the team they are working with.”

 

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