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Boost your sustainability credentials with Flowpoint ECO

As global temperatures rise and natural materials decline, there is an increased amount of pressure from governments and industry bodies for businesses and individuals to boost their sustainability performance.

UltraScape understands the importance of sustainable building solutions and that is why all product development is geared around delivering sustainable solutions for today’s requirements. They are constantly investing in research to continuously reduce their use of raw materials by testing new recycled materials.

With this in mind, UltraScape’s team of technical experts enhanced the formulation of their world renowned flowable grout, Flowpoint, to create Flowpoint ECO – a flowable grout with a difference!

Launched over 20 years ago, Flowpoint ECO is a BS 7533 approved, environmentally friendly grout, which contains 20% recycled material. The addition of recycled material significantly reduces the consumption of virgin aggregates – an important feature for any projects aspiring to achieve a CEEQUAL award or for those looking to improve their BREEAM rating.

Available in 2 colours – Natural Grey and Charcoal – Flowpoint ECO is suitable for most paving types and leaves a stain free finish every time, providing the perfect appearance for all paving schemes.

With a rapid set time of just 15 minutes, paving grouted with Flowpoint ECO can be walked on in just 1 hour and driven over in 4 hours, allowing contractors to move on to the next part of the project quickly.

What’s more, Flowpoint ECO is available for specification via the RIBA Product Selector and NBS Plus. Add this rapid set flowable grout to your specification.

Find out more about Flowpoint ECO and the other environmentally friendly products available from UltraScape.

For pricing enquiries or to place an order, please contact the UltraScape Sales Team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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Gain CPD points at the RIBA London CPD Roadshow

Visit the UltraScape team at the RIBA London CPD Roadshow held on Liverpool Street in Norton Folgate on the 7th December 2017. The Roadshow is your opportunity to learn from Members of the RIBA CPD Providers Network as they share their knowledge and expertise on innovative products and the latest technologies.

Visitors to the UltraScape stand will discover a range of bedding, priming and jointing materials that meet and exceed the strict demands of British Standard 7533. These premium products have been specified by contractors, engineers and architects for an ever-expanding portfolio of major schemes across the UK and around the world.

What’s more, you can join Richard, National Sales Manager for UltraScape, as he presents their RIBA approved CPD ‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533. Reducing the Risk of Failure in the Public Realm‘ at 3.00pm in Seminar Room 1.

If you are interested in listening to UltraScape’s CPD but can’t make it to the Seminar, why not select a more convenient date for a member of the team to deliver the CPD at your premises? Visit the UltraScape stand to discover more about their CPD options.

The RIBA London CPD Roadshow is free to attend, includes lunch and refreshments and gives you the opportunity to gain CPD points by booking up to five one-hour sessions in a range of curriculum topics. To register for your tickets please visit www.ribacpd.com.

For further information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System please contact their team of experts by email or calling 01827 254402.

Take a look at UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System in action!

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UltraCrete Revolutionises Traditional Repair Methods

Instarmac’s Malaysian partner, Protasco Trading, have supplied UltraCrete Envirobed HA104®, QC10 F and Instant Road Repair to Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) for a number of manhole reinstatements across West Malaysia.

Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) is a national sewerage company in Malaysia. Government owned, IWK is responsible for developing and maintaining a modern and efficient sewerage system for West Malaysia.

In Malaysia, the current system for installing ironwork involves a manhole cover pre-cast in a concrete block being positioned on to the repair site – a costly and time-consuming method, as heavy equipment is needed to set the concrete block in place.

One of the biggest disadvantages of using this method is the concrete block remains rigid and does not move with the surrounding road surface – causing the repair to crack and break out completely. Not only does this require costly repeat visits to site but it also causes a dangerous safety hazard to motorists – a major concern for IWK and a key factor for them sourcing an alternative method for reinstating manhole covers.

Protasco Trading recommended the use of UltraCrete Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar, QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete and Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt for all future reinstatements.

UltraCrete offers products that are proven, trusted and provide a first time permanent repair in all climates and weathers. Part of UltraCrete’s Manhole Installation System, Envirobed HA104®, QC10 F and Instant Road Repair have each been tested and had their capabilities proven by an independent laboratory stating that this system will have a minimum 5 year service life. What’s more, as no large machinery is required, the installation process is much easier and quicker than the existing methods used.

Manholes reinstated with UltraCrete’s system can be trafficked instantly, allowing costly traffic management to be removed quickly with minimal disruption to motorists – a feature IWK found particularly impressive.

The repairs were carried out earlier this year in temperatures as high as 29°C. High temperatures like these can pose a number of challenges for contractors as products often set very quickly but thanks to the expert formulation of UltraCrete materials this was not the case and the repairs were completed with great success.

For more information on Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar, QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete, Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt and the other materials that make up UltraCrete’s Manhole Installation System please visit ultracrete.co.uk or email international@instarmac.com.

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Winter is Coming

We all know the cold weather and freezing temperatures increases the drying time of a floor leveller. Think about the extra time wasted as you wait even longer for standard set smoothing underlayments to dry. There’s no need to wait days for your floor to dry – use Level IT Super30 for quick refit and repair work this winter.

Launched over 10 years ago, and the first ‘level and lay in a day’ product available to the market, Level IT Super30 has a speedy walk on time even in colder temperatures, so you can move on to another part of the project or head to your next job much quicker than if you were using a standard set floor leveller.

The rapid drying properties of Level IT Super30 are not the only qualities that make this levelling compound unique. Suitable for use with most floor coverings, compatible with underfloor heating systems and with a coverage of approximately 6m² at 2mm, Level IT Super30 is ideal for both commercial and domestic subfloor preparation projects.

Are you working with a flexible substrate? Why not try Level IT Super Flex 30. This floor leveller also boasts a rapid drying time but is ideal for screwed and fixed plywood floors where vibration and movement is likely.

Level IT Super30 is just one of many smoothing underlayments available from UltraFloor. Their subfloor preparation range also includes repair and finishing compounds, a primer for porous and non-porous substrates and products to protect against subfloor moisture.

Level IT Super30 has been used on a number of high profile projects across the UK including Apple, Vodafone, Honington RAF Base, Premier Inn and Blue Planet Aquarium.

For more information on Level IT Super30 and the other products available from UltraFloor please contact their team of technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Watch Level IT Super30 in action!

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Avoid costly Section 74 fines with UltraCrete QC6 surface reinstatement concrete

Announced in 2001, Section 74 fines were introduced to eliminate disruption to motorists caused by unreasonably prolonged roadworks. Charges began between £100 and £2,500 for every working day they overrun, however in 2012, this was increased to a maximum charge of £10,000 per day – a sum which, in 2015, a leading utility supplier was ordered to pay by Transport for London.

Avoid these costly fines with UltraCrete QC6 surface reinstatement concrete.

QC6 is BT approved and can be trafficked in 4 hours allowing traffic management to be  removed without delay and therefore significantly reducing the risk of a costly Section 74 fine. What’s more, QC6 sets in just 15 minutes, making it very difficult to deface and therefore limiting asset liability.

QC6 boasts an impressive 50N/mm² compressive strength at 7 days and is shrinkage compensated so you can be assured that once the material is in, it won’t crack or come out – eliminating a common cause for expensive repeat visits to site.

QC6 is suitable for a variety of concrete repairs including the reinstatement of access covers and water metres and surface repairs around street lighting, vehicle access barriers and cable boxes. It’s also ideal for patch repairs to concrete floors and car parks.

For further product information and pricing enquiries, please contact the UltraCrete team by emailing ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or calling 01827 254402.

Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news by following UltraCrete on Twitter @UltraCrete_UK.

Minimising Risk. Maximising Performance. Delivering Confidence.

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Permeability: The Benefits

Permeability is the buzzword of the moment. So what does permeability mean and what are the benefits of using a permeable jointing compound?

The rise in building developments has seen open ground across the UK vastly reduce and as a result rainwater that would have naturally drained away through the earth no longer has anywhere to go increasing the pressure on our sewerage network with flooding the result.

With this concern in mind, permeable jointing has become increasingly popular over recent years and is a trend that will not disappear anytime soon.

So what is permeable jointing? Put simply, if something is permeable it allows liquid to go through it. This idea is, if rainwater can move through the jointing compound it will drain away naturally rather than sit on top of the stone, or worse, stay within the joint, freeze, expand and then break out.

PaveJoint plus from urban regeneration specialists UltraScape, is a jointing compound developed for flexible landscaping projects that require free draining joints.

PaveJoint plus can be applied in all weathers meaning projects can be completed all year round and because PaveJoint plus is a permeable jointing compound, water can drain freely rather than remaining within the joint, freezing and then breaking out – eliminating a common cause of costly repeat visits to site.

Suitable for use with most paving types of permeable paving stones and applied in four easy steps, PaveJoint plus can be walked or driven over after just 24 hours causing minimal disruption to motorists and pedestrians and allows contractors to move on to their next project quickly.

Available in 2 colours – Natural and Grey – PaveJoint plus provides a stylish and durable finish for all flexible landscaping projects.

The cost and time saving benefits of using a permeable jointing compound are clear to see. For further information on PaveJoint plus and the other materials in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System contact their team of experts by emailing ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk.

UltraScape is an approved CPD provider to RIBA and RIAI. To find out more about their CPD ‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533‘, or to book your seminar, please email cpd@instarmac.co.uk.