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Trust – Schemes that Speak for Themselves

When specifying materials for a project, architects will often look at past schemes, how else can you be assured of product sustainability, durability and success?

For many years UltraScape has worked with contractors, architects and designers to create exceptional landscapes across the UK and worldwide.

UltraScape offers a range of bedding, priming and jointing materials that meet and exceed the strict demands of the British Standard 7533 and deliver great results time and time again.

These premium products have been specified by contractors, architects and engineers for an ever-expanding portfolio of public realm projects across the world.

King’s Cross, MediaCity, Wembley Stadium, Piccadilly Place Manchester and The Savoy Hotel are just some of the UK sites enjoying the long term confidence of UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system.

It is not just in the UK that UltraScape has been transforming landscapes. UltraScape Flowpoint has been specified and used to install 9,000m² of paving at the Dubai Opera house, the number one destination for performing arts in the Emirates. The 2,000 seat theatre is home to world famous products as well as a stunning rooftop restaurant and sky garden where diners can enjoy views of The Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

UltraScape is committed to continually re-evaluating and reducing environmental impact. UltraScape’s ECO products contain recycled glass, supporting customers’ own sustainability targets without compromising product quality or performance. They are ideal for schemes looking to achieve an ‘excellent’ CEEQUAL award, or where a BREEAM assessment is to be conducted.

UltraScape has been used on a number of redevelopment projects of historic interest including Tallinn Old Town Estonia, Lincoln Cathedral and Swansea Castle. The ECO credentials, aesthetic nature and durability of the materials make them the perfect addition to such schemes.

UltraScape’s product portfolio is also keeping the rail industry on track with a number of materials having been approved for use on the London Underground and Overground. UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system played a major role in helping to transform one of the UK’s busiest train stations, Birmingham New Street, otherwise known as Grand Central Station. The fast setting nature of the products was important as the station was fully operational throughout construction with trains departing every 37 seconds and over 140,000 passengers passing through daily.

UltraScape has been helping to deliver exceptional schemes for over 12 years and has developed a trusted reputation, working and supporting architects on an ever-expanding portfolio of major projects worldwide.

It is this portfolio of projects that delivers architects confidence and makes UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System the only choice for those who want to get it right first time.

For further information on UltraScape’s schemes worldwide, please email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Instarmac Celebrates Top Honour for the 8th Year

Instarmac Group plc were delighted to secure a position in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For’ for the 8th year at the recent awards ceremony held in London earlier this year.

The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies was introduced in 2001 and has since become one of the most anticipated awards ceremonies of the year.

The Times Top 100 awards are split into 4 categories – ‘Best Companies’, ’25 Best Big Companies’, ‘Best Small Companies’ and ‘Best Not-for-Profit Organisations’ – and each celebrate happy and motivated workforces across the country.

Each year sees thousands of companies register to take part in the surveys – which cover topics such as Leadership, Wellbeing, Giving Something Back, Personal Growth, My Manager, My Company, My Team and Fair Deal – with only the top 325 being rewarded this prestigious accolade.

The top 100 places are awarded following research conducted by Best Companies and Instarmac were delighted to be included in this esteemed list for the 8th year.

John Holcroft, Managing Director at Instarmac, commented: “At Instarmac we live by a simple philosophy which is to Work Hard, Have Fun and Make a Difference and our dedicated and engaging workforce do just that. I am delighted that Instarmac has been recognised as a ‘Best Company to Work For’ and feel tremendous pride having been awarded this top honour for the 8th time’.

For further information about Instarmac and their range of proven, trusted and certified materials, please call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Stay up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup and Liking them on Facebook.

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DVSA Ranks Instarmac as Low-Risk Operator

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to announce that their fleet of 37 vehicles and 36 drivers have been identified as a ‘Low-Risk Operator’ by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The DVSA use the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) to determine the safety of a vehicle based on 2 factors – Roadworthiness and Traffic. The DVSA use this score, based on data collected over a 3 year rolling period, to give a company their risk type – Low, Medium or High.

Data is taken from annual tests, roadside inspections and inspections at the operators’ premises. These inspections include vehicle tests, driver’s hours and any tachograph offences where points are given for any defect or infringement of the rules. The more serious the defect the more points are given.

To be classified as low risk, an operator needs to receive a combined OCRS score of less than 10 and Instarmac Group plc were thrilled to receive a score of just 3.

This achievement is the latest in a long line for Instarmac’s award-winning fleet, the most recent being the FORS Silver Award which monitors operational performance, including all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations.

For further information on Instarmac Group plc’s fleet, please visit www.instarmac.co.uk or email enquiries@instarmac.co.uk.

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UltraCrete Brings Joy to Students at Portuguese School

Instarmac’s Portuguese partner, Asfaltovia, have supplied UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red to a local school to help them create a new playground for their students.

Domus Social – Empresa de Habitação e Manutenção do Município do Porto, E.M. required a red asphalt to complete their new playground at local school EB Caramila in Oporto, Portufal. The required asphalt needed to provide a permanent finish and cause minimal disruption as possible to the daily routine of the school.

In previous projects of this size, CCR Engenharia – Construçõ Corte Recto, the chosen contractor for this project, had used hot asphalt as the finishing surface. However, access to the playground was very limited and therefore was not possible to get the machinery needed to lay hot asphalt – an alternative product was required!

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red is available in 25kg buckets which allowed the contractors to gain access to site easily, without the need for large equipment. The bucket can also be re-sealed and used another day which meant that no product goes to waste.

What’s more, Instant Road Repair has been independently tested and approved by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) for over 10 years, and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time, permanent repairs.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red can be applied in all weathers – including the sweltering temperatures in Portugal – and can be trafficked instantly which meant the students of EB Caramila school could enjoy their new playground in no time at all!

Not only is UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red suitable for repairs in roads and footpaths, the colour of this cold lay asphalt means it is also ideal for repairs to cushions and ramps, bus lanes, cycle tracks, bus stops and colour coded car parks.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® Red is one of the many first time, permanent cold lay asphalts available from Instarmac. To find out more, please email international@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

To contact Asfaltovia, please please www.asfaltovia.com or email grimnir@asfaltovia.com.

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Helping Deliver a Good Night Guarantee

King’s Cross Premier Inn has been refurbished using smoothing underlayments from UltraFloor.

HSB flooring contractors finished the hotel refurb in 2016, following several weeks of work whilst the hotel remained open. When a building remains operational during a project additional challenges are always presented. This project ran without issue or delays due to the versatile UltraFloor Level IT Bond and speedy Level IT Super30 being selected for installation.

Level IT Super30 is the original ‘level and lay in a day’ product which utilises specially blended cements and a high quality polymer liquid. This speedy products sets in 30 minutes and can be overlaid with bonded floor coverings after 2 hours and unbonded in just 45 minutes!

Level IT Super30’s formulation is free from ammonia and protein, creating a very low odour material suitable for confined areas, proving particularly suitable for schools, hospitals and the hospitality sector. In addition, the product is designed to compensate for shrinkage and is polymer modified, both adding to high performance and compatibility.

Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates.

The product’s exceptional formulation enables it to be used over adhesive residues, eliminating the need for priming. Its rapid setting properties allow for floor coverings to be laid after only 4 hours, both helping to reduce dramatically valuable down time of areas in the hotel.

For further product information including the datasheet, please click here or to please an order call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow @Ultra_Floor.

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Instarmac tiling solutions used to create bespoke mosaic masterpiece

A community project headed by mosaic artist, Tracey Cartledge has been completed using Instarmac adhesive and grout.

Chorlton Central Church commissioned the striking external focal point to be designed by Tracey, who holds weekly mosaic classes at the church. Manchester based tiler and Instarmac advocate, Andy Carroll was asked to support the mosaic installation with his expertise and product knowledge.

Extended set tile adhesive, ProFlex SP+ES was used to fix the mosaic tiles creating a piece which was inspired by a Bible passage centred upon the themes of peace and harmony. This adhesive is a firm favourite of Andy’s, boasting a 2 hour pot life, an application thickness of 3-20mm and a S1 classification making it ideal for use on timber floors.

Flexible Instarmac grout was used to finish the piece off. This product is available in a choice of 9 colours including Tracey’s selected Grey. It boasts mould and water resistant properties, and can be used with underfloor heating.  It is fast setting and suitable for wall or floor joints up to 20mm.

Members of the local community are now enjoying the stunning detail and vibrant colours of the mosaic feature.

For further product information please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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UltraFloor helps Showcase a Legendary Brand in Gateshead

Aiken Flooring Contractors have completed subfloor preparation using UltraFloor materials on a Harley Davidson showroom project in Gateshead.

The project was secured by CFA member, Aiken Flooring Contracts who worked to a tight deadline and finished the showroom floor in only 4 weeks. The work included floor prep, priming, damp proofing, bulking out and levelling prior to floor covering application. The UltraFloor range of materials were chosen due to their reliable performance and helped to secure a successful and cost-effective project.

UltraFloor Multi-surface Primer was used to prior to the application of the damp proof membrane and leveller. This popular primer is suitable for porous and non-porous substrates, enhancing adhesion and reducing pinholing for a bond-proof installation.

Rapid curing primer membrane, DPM IT is designed to provide protection against subfloor moisture. Boasting a 98%RH floor moisture tolerance the two-part epoxy resin system cures in 5 hours.

High flow, two-component smoothing underlayment Level IT Two can be applied at depths between 2mm and 12mm. For deeper sections up to a maximum or 30mm, as required in the showroom, a graded aggregate filler can be used to bulk out prior to levelling. Low odour and protein free, Level IT Two can be overlaid after 12 hours with bonded floor coverings.

For further product information including the datasheet, please click here or to place an order call +44 (0) 1827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter follow @Ultra_Floor.

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Flowpoint Performs on the most Prestigious Square Kilometre in the World

Instarmac’s partner in Dubai, Tanseeq LLC, have secured a 9,000m² paving project at the beautiful Dubai Opera.

Located in what is known as “the most prestigious square kilometre in the world”, the Dubai Opera is the number one destination for performing arts in the Emirates. The 2,000 seat theatre is home to world famous productions as well as a stunning rooftop restaurant and sky garden where diners can enjoy views of The Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout was specified and chosen to grout 9,000m² of paving surrounding the iconic Dubai Opera. Part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving 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 – even in the extremely high temperatures in Dubai.

Flowpoint is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. It can be used to grout joints from 3-5mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application. What’s more, Flowpoint can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in 4 hours – ideal for projects where minimal disruption and early trafficking is essential – such as this one.

Flowpoint is available in 3 varieties – Original, ECO and Smooth and 2 colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey.

The Dubai Opera is the latest in a long line of prestigious projects for Flowpoint in Dubai. UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has also been specified and used to grout 9,000m² of paving at MBR City and 40,000m² of paving at City Walk.

Flowpoint is available throughout the UAE through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit www.tanseeqllc.com.

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

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UltraCrete is Proven to Provide a Permanent Repair in the French Alps

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have carried out a progress report on a number of failed manhole frames and covers they reinstated in 2015 using UltraCrete PY5 and Instant Road Repair. 

In the summer of 2015, Vert Bleu completed a number of manhole reinstatements along the busy lakeside road that runs along France’s third largest lake, ‘Lac d’Annecy’, in Haute Savoie in the French Alps.

18 months and over 5 million vehicles later, Vert Bleu re-visited the repair site and were pleased to announce that the reinstatements were undamaged and remained as good as the day they were installed – proving that UltraCrete really does provide a permanent repair, even in Alpine conditions!

Vert Bleu used PY5 flowable resin bedding mortar and Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt for these reinstatements.

Part of UltraCrete’s range of high performance bedding mortars, PY5 is ideal for anchoring bolts or bars, bedding lights in carriageways and backfill 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 manholes reinstated with PY5 can be opened to traffic in just 40 minutes.

Independently tested and approved by the Highway Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS), UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been used to repair potholes and failed manhole systems around the world for over 35 years.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – Instant Road Repair can be opened to traffic immediately allowing for roads to be opened quickly, minimising disruption. Instant Road Repair has been used to provide a permanent repair all around the world and in a number of climates, further proving its high performance capabilities.

For further information on UltraCrete’s high performance, permanent, highway reinstatement materials, please click here or email international@instarmac.com.

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Flowpoint Restores Life to Industrial Quarter

Instarmac’s Estonian partner, RoadService, have supplied UltraScape Flowpoint to grout over 3,000m² of paving at the beautiful and historic Rotermann Quarter.

Known as the ‘City in the Heart of Tallinn’ Rotermann Quarter is located between Old Town, The Port and Viru Square and is referred to as the Industrial Quarter thanks to its rich manufacturing history.

The Industrial Quarter went through rapid development during the 19th century, introducing a variety of factories, mills and stores to the area. Many of these buildings are still standing today and the quarter has recently celebrated its 185th birthday.

Many of the older industrial buildings have been given new functions, including the area where Flowpoint was used, which will now be the home to offices, apartments and shops.

Stone installation company, Kivikuvand OÜ chose to use Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout to grout 3,090m² of paving in this beautiful and unique location. Part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving 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.

Flowpoint is flowable grout which 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 as it is large paving tiles – ideal for projects such as this where a combination of paving was used.

What’s more, Flowpoint can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in 4 hours which makes it ideal for projects where minimal disruption and early trafficking is essential.

Andrus Sibul, Executive Director of Kivikuvand OÜ, commented: “I was impressed by the simplicity of the installation, price and local service.”

Rotermann City 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 Bullring Shopping Centre in the UK.

Flowpoint is available throughout Estonia through RoadService. To contact RoadService please call +372 650 64 10, email roadservice@roadservice.ee or visit www.roadservice.ee.

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