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Preserving Heritage

Our heritage is a gift that has been passed to us by previous generations. It shapes our landscape so it is important we do all we can to protect it.

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system has been used on a number of historic redevelopment projects with the aesthetic nature and durability of the materials making them a perfect addition to such schemes.

The 13th century ruins of Swansea Castle still stand today, attracting tourists all year round. The outside castle areas were restored using UltraScape Flowpoint ensuring visitors can step back in history for many more years to come.

Bow Lane in Durham is the gateway to the city’s World Heritage Site. Several years ago, the well-used thoroughfare underwent a face lift to rejuvenate it. This included re-laying existing cobbles and stone paving as well as installing new stones.

Four years on the site has withstood vehicular traffic, heavy foot traffic, and the elements, with no signs of deterioration – a testament to using a BS 7533 compliant system.

The system has also been used on a £2.5 million scheme to redevelop the historic square of Castle Green, Taunton.

The redevelopment has transformed the neglected centrepiece into a valuable civic space for events and markets whilst also showing off the town’s Medieval Castle.

The site is now a fitting setting for the historic buildings which surround the green and the improvements have made the area more accessible and prominent to the local population and visitors.

Visitor safety was a primary concern at Lincoln Cathedral where UltraScape was used to repair and restore cracks in pavements and walkways surrounding the Cathedral. The pavements required a sympathetic repair but needed a product that would provide a long term solution and prevent cracks appearing again.

And it’s not just in the UK that has seen the benefits of the UltraScape system; Instarmac’s Estonian partner, Roadservice, have recently completed a 8,000m² paving restoration project of the beautiful Viru Street in Tallinn Old Town.

Viru Street is known for its beautiful entrance gates. These iconic gates were built in the 14th century as part of the town’s defence system, with the number of gates increasing to 8 by the 16th century.

The restoration of the fairy-tale street required a grout that would withstand the constant footfall of visitors and residents whilst providing a finish that would be aesthetically pleasing and fitting of such a historical area.

To be involved on projects with such historic importance is extremely rewarding and UltraScape is proud to have played a part in preserving our heritage for generations to come.

For further information on UltraScape Flowpoint or the BS 7533 Mortar Paving System, please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

A RIBA accredited CPD ‘Paving the Way’ is also available from UltraScape, to book please email


UltraTile and the Chocolate Themed Hotel

Hotel Indigo opened in York last year and all tiled areas in this boutique hotel were installed using UltraTile adhesives.

The Great Northern Tiling Company (GNTC) were awarded the supply and fit package for this boutique hotel situated near The Shambles – one of the oldest streets in York in the heart of the Walmgate neighbourhood. The inspiration for the hotel’s design reflects the rich chocolate heritage of Rowntree, Terry’s of York and the city’s stonework.

The project included 2500m² of wall and floor tiling to all 101 bedroom ensuites, as well as the fixing of encaustic tiles to the kitchen, bar and WCs floors. Finally a showstopper application of diamond shaped tiles were laid in a geometric pattern to the reception floor.

The GNTC used UltraTile Prime IT FP primer, ready mixed adhesive ProGrip HG and cementitious adhesives ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES to complete the tiling works throughout the hotel.

UltraTile Prime IT FP is used to stabilise background substrates, reducing their porosity, and also as an additive that will enhance adhesive performance. This product is available in 2.5ltr bottles.

UltraTile ProGrip HG is a high grab, non-slip acrylic wall tile adhesive. This product is ideal for use with ceramic wall tiles and also with porcelain mosaics, glass and natural stone all without the need to prime first. It can be used in showers and commercial kitchens covering up to 6m² per 15kg tub. Grouting can take place after 24 hours.

UltraTile ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES were used to fix all floor tiles in the hotel including porcelain and encaustic. ProFlex SP+ES has a pot life of 2 hours and is therefore ideal for heavy tiles or intricate tiling work making it perfect for creating the reception’s geometric pattern! Formulated to achieve the significant S1 classification, it is ideal for use with underfloor heating and  timber floors. The adhesive is available in 20kg white or grey bags and can be applied at bed depths of up 20mm.

The client was ecstatic with the final result, also stating the project was managed well within the timeframe. This successful project was also recognised by The Tile Association and shortlisted for an award at their recent ceremony. The visually stunning finish has caught the eye of many guests that have passed through the hotel doors since its grand opening.

If you would like any more information, please call 01827 254402 or email


A Good Sign!

Post Fix from UltraCrete is a rapid hardening post fix concrete that combines strength with durability to significantly reduce the likelihood of damage due to movement at the point of fixing.

Post Fix is formulated for sub-surface use for the fast and efficient installation of posts, signs, fences, telephone and electricity poles, street lighting columns, street furniture, speed cameras and roadside barriers – a truly versatile product with maximum installation potential.

Simply mixed with approximately 2.5 litres of water, Post Fix produces a hard wearing and durable concrete with a whole string of benefits:

  • Eliminates 2nd visits and traffic management
  • Economical
  • Provides a consistent mix unlike dry alternatives
  • Effective in vandalism prone areas
  • Sets in just 15 minutes
  • A workability of 5-10 minutes
  • Professional grade

Post Fix is approved for use on the London Underground and is available in contractor friendly 25kg bags, which offer consistency quality and are ideal in site areas with limited access.

For further information on UltraCrete’s Post Fix, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at


UltraScape is just the Ticket for Busy Auckland Bus Lane

Instarmac’s New Zealand partner, Horizon International Paving, have supplied UltraScape Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint to install and grout granite setts on a busy bus lane in Auckland.

The bus lane, situated on Alfred Street, connects two parts of Auckland University and is constantly subjected to high volumes of traffic from buses and pedestrians. It was therefore essential that the materials chosen to bed and grout the paving could withstand this heavy trafficking.

Horizon International Paving supplied the chosen contractor, Peter Robinson Contracting, with UltraScape Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint, manufactured by the world renowned Instarmac Group plc. UltraScape Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint were chosen for this project thanks to their fast setting properties and proven compliance to British Standard 7533.

Part of UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, Pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar which can be laid from depths of 10mm – 75mm in one pass. What’s more, the extremely fast strength gain of Pro-Bed HS means that pedestrian areas can be trafficked in as little as 12 hours.

Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout exceeds all the requirements of the latest British Standard and is synonymous with fast, cost effective, robust jointing. Ideal for large-scale projects, Flowpoint is suitable for a variety of stone including the 100 x 100 x 60mm granite setts used on this project.

The rapid setting nature of this product allows paving grouted with Flowpoint to be opened to foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in just 4 hours – ideal for projects where it’s essential that downtime and disruption are kept minimal, such as this one.

Both Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint have been used all around the world for over 20 years. Recent projects include MBR City, City Walk and Opera House in Dubai, Tallinn Old Town in Estonia, Roxy Cinema in New Zealand and Birmingham Bullring Shopping Centre and MediaCity, home of the BBC, in the UK.

For more information on Pro-Bed HS, Flowpoint and the other products available in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please email or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Exceptional Strength under Extreme Stress

UltraScape Resi-Bed is a two-part high strength epoxy resin mortar and primer system, especially suitable for bedding granite setts, paving elements up to recess covers, tree grids and coping stones, as well as concrete repair for areas subject to heavy wear and tear.

Resi-Bed is entirely waterproof and chemical resistant once cured, making it ideal for use in water features. It has exceptionally high bond strength and the ability to withstand higher flexural strain than traditional sand and cement mortars.

Recessed manhole covers have long been a source of frustration for designers, contractors and maintenance managers alike. Sand and cement mortars have difficulty resisting the inherent ‘flex’ of the cover itself. Resi-Bed offers a lasting solution which overcomes the issues.

The product contains a blend of specialist sands and fine fillers that provide exceptional strength, bond and chemical resistance, which makes it ideal for pavement edge details, vehicle ramps and pedestrian crossings. UltraScape Resi-Bed accommodates depths from 5mm-50mm.

For further information on UltraScape Resi-Bed please contact us on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email


Don’t Cut Corners!

Typically, around £200 million is spent on replacing or reinstating ironwork each year.

As traffic speed and volume increases, the solutions and methods used to install and maintain street ironwork need to evolve in order to provide a resilient and reliable network.

There are many causes of Ironwork Failure:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Incorrect product selection
  • Support system failure
  • Bedding mortar failure
  • ‘Quick fix’ solutions

So how can you avoid this?

By specifying the correct products such as those with HAPAS approval and ensuring operatives are fully trained, utility companies can be assured that repairs will last.

The Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) was developed to offer clear, consisted and tested methods for products and systems designed for use in the highways industry and provides local authorities and contractors with a definite guide to highway maintenance.

The HAPAS scheme sets out technical and practical guidelines  that help to minimise potential workmanship issues and in doing so, assures against costly repeat visits and ensures longevity.

In the case of a HAPAS Approved manhole reinstatement system, the components’ compressive, tensile and flexural strengths, amongst other properties, are tested. The scheme also ensures the materials are installed using the correct application method.

HAPAS approved products offer the following benefits:

Reduces whole life costs – HAPAS approved products are unlikely to fail if they are installed correctly, so expensive revisits are vastly reduced.

Helps protect professional indemnity insurance – Using HAPAS approved products will vastly reduce any claims.

Reduces personal injury claims – HAPAS approved products are less likely to pose a risk to the road user because of their sound, proven quality.

Trusted by the construction industry – Independent testing by bodies such as the BBA is a sign of credibility.

Exceeds a 5 year service life – The UltraCrete system was the first and only HAPAS approved ironwork installation method, resulting in a first time permanent repair with a life expectancy of a minimum of 5 years once in service.

Minimises split liability – Using incompatible products will likely result in failure. Using a trusted system like UltraCrete’s will last.

Furthermore, all of UltraCrete’s materials are tested in conjunction with each other to ensure compatibility. This is extremely important when specifying a full HAPAS system which includes bedding, backfilling, sealing and surfacing materials.

For further information on the HAPAS approved system from UltraCrete, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at



A charge of up to £2,000 a day for roadworks!

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for councils to be given the power to introduce lane rental schemes. The LGA who represent authorities across England and Wales want to see a reduction in traffic disruption. These schemes could see firms paying up to £2,000 per day for the work they do on the busiest roads at peak periods.

The charge would be imposed on utility companies such as gas, water and cable providers who would be charged a daily rate for work to be carried out. It is thought this will give companies an added incentive to finish faster and also discourage ‘shoddy’ workmanship with substandard materials which would lead to future visits.

So, do lane rental schemes work?

Currently, Transport for London and Kent Country Council are the only authorities who have the approval to run lane rental schemes.

A study into London’s Lane Rental Scheme shows that since its introduction in 2012 the amount of serious and severe disruption caused by planned roadworks has been cut by 46% on the capital’s busiest roads, reducing delays for all road users.

How can you minimise your time on the road?

By specifying and using the correct HAPAS approved reinstatement products you can ensure a permanent repair and also reduce your time on the road.

UltraCrete products from Instarmac offer a range of high performance, rapid setting bedding mortars for the reinstatement and installation of all types of ironwork, access covers and frames. Envirobed HA104® and Envirobed HA104® Flowable provide superior compressive and tensile strength and can be open to traffic in 1 hour!

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm does exactly what is claims by providing a first time permanent repair which is instantly trafficable and can be applied in all weathers.

All the main utility companies are also now signed up to the use of rapid drying materials like those offered by UltraCrete, considerably reducing the amount of time required to reopen roads and helping to save approximately 2,700 days of disruption across London.

For further information on either Envirobed products or our renowned Instant Road Repair, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at


UltraCrete Takes to the Skies at Weeze Airport

UltraCrete Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar and UltraCrete QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete have been used to reinstate 3 failed manhole covers and frames at Weeze Airport in Germany.

Weeze Airport, formerly known as Flughafen Dusseldorf-Niederrhein Airport, is located in the Lower Rhine region of Germany. A former military airbase, Weeze Airport began operations as a civil airport in 2003 and regularly sees 2 million passengers using its services each year.

A number of manhole covers and frames had become damaged on one of the platforms at Weeze Airport and needed urgent attention. Instarmac’s partner in the Netherlands, Poltec, provided UltraCrete Envirobed HA104® and QCO10 F for these repairs.

As the Netherlands leading manhole reinstatement specialists, Poltec’s contracting division, PST van den Broek, carried out the repairs easily and efficiently thanks to the high performance and rapid setting nature of the UltraCrete materials – ideal for projects where a fast turnaround is essential.

UltraCrete Envirobed HA104® high performance bedding mortar is an environmentally friendly alternative to resin-based mortars and has been specifically formulated for the bedding of all access covers. It boasts superior compressive, tensile and flexural strengths which make it ideal for use in heavily trafficked/wheel track locations, such as this repair at Weeze Airport. What’s more, repairs made using Envirobed HA104® can be open to traffic after just 1 hour!

Part of UltraCrete’s range of high specification concretes, QC10 F is a rapid setting, fibre modified concrete formulated for the backfilling around manhole frames and gullies. QC10 F has an impressive compressive strength and can be opened to traffic in just 90 minutes.

Both Envirobed HA104® and QC10 F have been independently tested and approved by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) for over 10 years and are proven to provide first time, permanent and durable repairs with a service life of at least 5 years.

For further information on Envirobed HA104®, QC10 F and the other materials that make up UltraCrete’s HAPAS Approved Manhole Installation System please email or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

You can contact Poltec by visiting or by emailing


Instarmac Products at the Touch of a Button

Instarmac are proud to announce the launch of their new Product Planner App. The App has been developed using the latest mobile app development technology and has been designed with their customers’ needs in mind.

Have you ever been stuck on site with no internet connection and need to find out how quickly your tile adhesive will set? When your pothole repair can be trafficked? Which smoothing underlayment you should use? The new Instarmac Product Planner App completely solves this problem!

Each of Instarmac’s 6 brands – UltraCrete, UltraScape, UltraTile, UltraFloor, Wondertex and Granfix – have dedicated product pages allowing the user to find information easily and quickly. What’s more, each product has its own enhanced product calculator and technical and safety datasheets which can be accessed and downloaded without the need for an internet connection.

The App boasts many features including tutorial videos, an easy to use search function and a ‘Favourites’ list where the user can keep a list of their most favoured products and brands, allowing them to access information even more quickly when on-site.

Users can also be kept up-to-date with all the latest product developments at Instarmac via the App notifications.

The Instarmac Product Planner is FREE to download on Google Play and in the App Store now.

For further information please call +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email You can also follow Instarmac on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.


A Sea-riously good repair from UltraCrete

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu have supplied UltraCrete PY5 flowable polyester resin bedding mortar to repair a number of failed manhole covers on the scenic Route du Littoral in La Reunion.

The iconic road stretches 13km of beautiful coastline and connects two major cities in La Reunion – Saint Denis and La Possession. Located at the bottom of steep volcanic cliffs, Route du Littoral is a road highly exposed to the sea and subject to damage caused by falling rocks.

A number of manhole covers had become damaged along the Route du Littoral which needed urgent attention. It was crucial that the materials used would provide a quick and permanent repair and would remain uncompromised by these unique conditions.

PY5, part of UltraCrete’s range of high performance bedding mortars was supplied to repair the failed manhole covers.

PY5 is a flowable polyester resin bedding mortar ideal for anchoring bolts or bars, bedding lights in carriageway and the backfilling of manhole covers. PY5 is able to withstand extreme wear and tear and boasts an impressive compressive strength gain of 85N/mm² after just 1 hour.

What’s more, failed manhole covers reinstated with PY5 can be opened to traffic in just 40 minutes – ideal for roads such as the Route du Littoral where traffic reaches 80,000 vehicles every day.

For further information about PY5 and the other products available in the UltraCrete range of highway maintenance materials, please visit or email

To contact Vert Bleu please call +44 (0)4 79 84 41 08 or visit

UltraCrete materials are available on La Reunion through Anzemberg. To contact Anzemberg please visit