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UltraScape helps to preserve historic thoroughfare

UltraScape’s BS 7533 mortar paving system has been used to rejuvenate a busy high street in Wakefield as part of plans to regenerate the area.

Albion Court is an historic, well used thoroughfare which had deteriorated considerably and posed a health and safety risk to pedestrians.

Wakefield Council, in line with English Heritage conservation principals, uplifted and re-laid the 80 year old cobbles to help preserve and enhance the historic surface using UltraScape’s mortar paving system.

The reclaimed cobbles were bedded using UltraScape Pro-Bed HS which provided a perfect bound base for the paving elements. It can be laid up to 75mm in one pass, with greater depths achievable using successive layers. The fast strength gain of Pro-Bed HS allows pedestrian areas to be trafficked in as little as 12 hours. It was supplied in 25kg bags and 1 tonne bulk bags and 30 tonne silos for the larger areas.

Manhole covers and gullies were reinstated using UltraScape’s Resi-Bed resinous mortar. The product provides exceptional strength and bond for areas under extreme stresses. It withstands the inherent flex that covers endure under traffic loading and is perfectly suited for bonding to steel.

UltraScape Pro-Prime was applied between the paving elements and bedding mortar. The addition of a slurry primer is essential to yield a bond strength compliant with BS 7533 and helps prevent costly failures.

UltraScape’s Flowpoint has a high fluid consistency and was ideal for grouting the varying joint widths and depths created by the cobbles. Simple to use, it was poured over the area and washed clean, filling all joints evenly, without staining. This slurry method provides a fast, cost effective and robust way of grouting large, intricate areas, quickly. Furthermore, Flowpoint can be open to foot traffic in just one hour, minimising time on site and disruption to pedestrians. It is available in two colours; charcoal and natural grey, the latter of which was selected for this project as it complements the cobbles perfectly.

Projects incorporating BS 7533 compliant materials benefit from a reduction in failures and considerable whole life cost savings.  The materials have been independently and rigorously tested by UKAS accredited laboratories to assess their performance capabilities. This method removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

‘UltraScape’s products produced outstanding results and were easy to work with and will certainly be used on other schemes in the future.’ Craig Pritchard, Wakefield Council.

For further information on UltraScape’s  BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system, please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

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Instarmac digital marketing recognised as the best in the industry

At this year’s TTA awards Instarmac were delighted to be awarded the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ award for their website and product planner app.

The prestigious awards were held in London for the second time during their history and brought together the industry’s elite talent for an evening of success and celebration.

Both the Instarmac website and product planner app were launched in 2016, providing all the business’s stakeholders with two perfectly designed sources of information and contact.

Judge Mark Pears, Stafford Tiles & Flooring Solutions stated: “Instarmac were the clear winner this year, their entry was superior.  They pride themselves on being ahead of the curve and with their fingers on the pulse regarding marketing and their social media.  They’ve set the bar in recent times and I hope that they continue to do so.”

Rebecca Talbot, Instarmac Marketing Manager commented: “I am extremely proud that Instarmac have won the TTA ‘Excellence in Marketing’ award and would like to congratulate the finalists across all categories.  In a digital world the team were keen to offer accessible information to the industry, the app and website have proved to be valuable tools for tiling professionals.  I would like to thank all those who voted – the fact this award was voted for by industry specialists makes winning all the more special.”

Established in 1977, Instarmac is the home of British manufactured tile adhesive brands UltraTile and Granfix.  Both of which offer a comprehensive range of tiling materials for domestic and commercial projects, including adhesives, grouts, silicones and levellers.

If you would like any more information, please call 01827 254402 or email tileadhesives@instarmac.co.uk.  To view the award-winning website visit instarmac.co.uk and the app may be downloaded free from either Google Play or the App Store by searching ‘Instarmac’.

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Top Marks for UltraScape at Birmingham University Library!

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Compliant Mortar Paving System has been used in the construction of Birmingham University’s brand new state of the art library.

The new main library which cost £60 million, opened in September 2016 and is already being heralded as one of the first of a new generation of libraries in UK higher education. The Library has been tailor-made to suit modern users’ requirements and is designed to make more of the University’s extraordinary collections accessible to students and staff, with expert library staff on hand to help and advise on texts, support and resources.

Principal contractor, O’Brien Contractors, installed hard and soft landscaping around the prestigious new library, which included 1200m² of yellow rock granite paving. The colour was chosen to enhance the tones of the new building.

UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base for the granite. It can be laid up to 75mm in one pass, with greater depths achievable using successive layers. The fast strength gain of Pro-Bed HS allows pedestrian areas to be trafficked in as little as 12 hours. UltraScape’s Pro-Prime was applied between the paving elements and bedding mortar. The addition of a slurry primer is essential to yield bond strength compliant with BS 7533 and helps prevent costly failures.

UltraScape’s Flowpoint was used to grout the setts. Simple to use, requiring only the addition of water on site, it is poured over the area and washed clean, filling all joints evenly, without staining.  This slurry method provides an easy method of grouting large areas, quickly. Flowpoint can be opened to pedestrians in just 1 hour and vehicular traffic after only 4 hours, minimising disruption. It can accommodate widths between 5mm and 50mm and depths of up to 200mm

in a single pass and is available in 2 colours; natural grey and charcoal, with bespoke colours available upon request. A special order of buff was produced for this project to compliment the paving elements and surrounding environment.

UltraScape’s Paving Guard surface sealant was applied once the grout had set to help preserve the installation. When applied, the product forms a protective barrier to many common stain agents. It also reduces the ability of chewing gum adhering to the surface of paving, making it easier to remove during the cleaning cycles.

Established in 1958, O’Brien Contractors is a Midlands-based provider of civil engineering, design and build and groundworks services, as well as turnkey sports pitch solutions. Receiving the prestigious five star rating for Achilles Building  Confidence accreditation in 2014 means O’Brien sits alongside leading names in the construction sector as suppliers of excellent quality work with a commitment to growth and sustainability.

Key projects and customers include the Nestlé manufacturing facility with John Sisk and Son; the Regeneration of Longbridge Town Centre with Morgan Sindall; and Primark’s Retail Distribution Centre with Sir Robert McAlpine.

For further information on Ultrascape’s  BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system and ancillary products, please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news and competitions from UltraScape on twitter, follow @Ultrascape_UK