All posts by Sarah Instarmac


Recent snowfall spells trouble for UK road network

The latest news reports have been flooded with beautiful snow covered landscapes and images of families sledging and building snowmen, and then the snow arrived over the weekend a huge sigh of relief could be heard across the country, as we didn’t have to face the dreaded Monday morning commute in icy conditions.

However, when Monday morning arrived the disruption the snow brought was obvious. A number of flights were cancelled, hundreds of schools were closed and motorists were stuck for hours on some of the country’s busiest motorways.

Now the snow has started to melt, and our daily routine has returned to normal, we are beginning to see the damage the freezing temperatures have had on our road network.

The cold, and now wet weather, has further damaged an already vulnerable road network, posing a growing safety risk to the motorists who use it and with cuts to local council’s budgets a permanent solution to the UK’s pothole crisis has never been needed more.

Get it right first time with UltraCrete first time permanent patching materials.

The range includes  3mm, 6mm and 10mm cold lay asphalts plus Tough Patch® Rapid hybrid pothole repair solution. Each product is instantly trafficable allowing for roads to be opened up quickly causing minimal disruption to motorists. They can each be used in all weathers – including freezing temperatures – and don’t require any cooling time.

Suitable for repairing asphalt in a variety of environments, including driveways, pavements, cycle paths and heavily trafficked roads, UltraCrete’s range of patching materials provide a first time permanent repair every single time.

For a more durable repair in wet conditions, why not try Permanent Pothole Repair Wet?

For more information on UltraCrete’s range of first time permanent patching materials please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

UltraCrete have some great tips on how to get the most from your products during the colder months. Download a free copy of their Guide to Cold Weather Working.

Minimising Risk. Maximising Performance. Delivering Confidence.


UltraCrete helps the UK stay safe

In light of recent terrorist events across the UK, concerns surrounding public safety have never been more important. Security measures have become increasingly visible with major cities, such as London and Birmingham, installing safety bollards in busy pedestrianised areas and at popular public events, such as the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

High security products, such as road blockers, bollards and barrier systems all require the support of durable installation materials. UltraCrete’s Post, Bollard and Sign Installation range offer both short and long-term solutions for a range of applications.

For backfilling and surface repairs around impact tested, high security bollards and crash tested barrier systems, UltraCrete recommends the use of a fibre reinforced concrete such as QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete.

Are you backfilling around fixed telescopic bollards, surveillance cameras or lighting? For a first time permanent installation use UltraCrete QC10 rapid strength concrete.

PY5 flowable polyester resin system has been formulated for backfilling high specification installations such as temporary or permanent speed ramps and for filling holes when ramps have been removed.

Also available is a high precision grout for installing dowel bars and safety railings and a 10mm grade rapid hardening concrete formulated for the fast installation of posts and signs.

Available in contractor friendly 25kg units, each product can be trafficked within 24 hours, with some open to traffic in as little as 40 minutes, enabling security measures to be installed quickly and effectively.

Every product in the range provides a first time permanent repair so you can be assured that once the installation is complete, the area won’t crack and break out, guaranteeing your safety measures stay in place to help keep the public safe – it also eliminates costly repeat visits to site.

UltraCrete has been providing concrete repair solutions for planned and reactive repairs for over 40 years. For further information on their Post, Bollard and Sign Installation materials and the other materials available in their highway maintenance range, please contact their team of  Technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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Christmas Opening Hours

During the Christmas period, we will be open on the following days:

  • Friday 22nd December
  • Wednesday 27th December
  • Thursday 28th December
  • Friday 29th December
  • Tuesday 2nd January 2018

We will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday 25th December
  • Tuesday 26th December
  • Monday 1st January

We will resume normal business hours (8.00am – 5.30pm) from Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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.


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

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!


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 or email


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!


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 or calling 01827 254402.

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

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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 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


UltraScape Transforms Estonia’s Road Network

Instarmac’s Estonian partner, RoadService, have supplied UltraScape Flowpoint to install 3 new roundabouts and road edges on the highly anticipated Juuliku Road Junction and Road Section at Tallinn Roundabout.

Spanning 9km, the construction of the Juuliku Road Junction and Road Section involved reconstructing areas of the existing road network as well as introducing a 3.35km connection road, two bridges and viaducts and a two-level interchange.

An additional three roundabouts were built with natural stone to assist with the flow of cars and trucks. Maanteeamet (Estonian Road Administration) required a grout  that would be durable, could withstand the freezing winters and warm summers experienced in Estonia and would provide a permanent solution to avoid future disruption to motorists.

Supplied by RoadService, AS Merko Ehitus Eesti and AS Merko Infra ja Tallinna Teede AS, the contractors for this project, chose to use Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout to point the stone setts on this unique location.

Part of the UltraScape Mortar System, Flowpoint has been independently tested to British Standard 7533 and has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish which will not crack or stain – a guarantee that has been put to the test in some of the world’s hottest and coldest climates.

Flowpoint’s fluid consistency allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. The flowable nature of the product means it is equally suited to grouting small cobbles on a driveway as it is large paving tiles in urban regeneration projects. This also makes it the ideal product for grouting uneven areas, which was essential for this project.

What’s more, Flowpoint can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in 4 hours keeping disruption to motorists and pedestrians to a minimum and allowing contractors to move on to their next project quickly.

This project is the latest in a long line of prestigious projects for Flowpoint. UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has been specified and used at Tallinn Old Town, MBR City, City Walk and Opera House in Dubai, Roxy Cinema in New Zealand and MediaCity, Savoy Hotel and the Bullring Shopping Centre in the UK.

Flowpoint is available throughout Estonia through RoadService. To contact Road Service please call +372 53 488 175, email or visit

For further information on Flowpoint and the other materials in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please email or call Instarmac’s International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.