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Ultrascape Helps to Deliver World Class Transport Hub

Ultrascape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system has played a major role in helping to transform one of the UK’s busiest train stations.

The long awaited redevelopment of Birmingham New Street (Grand Central) station has transformed what was previously a dark, overcrowded site with poor access for passengers, into a prestigious gateway to the UK’s second city. Highlights include more space and better facilities for passengers, brighter and clearer platforms, a stunning new station facade and a grand concourse enclosed by a light filled atrium.

Work was carried out by one of the UK’s premier concrete frame contractors, MPB Structures Ltd. It included reinstating existing station platforms as well as installing new structures, hardscaping around the station perimeter and the creation of Birmingham’s version of the ‘Spanish Steps.’ The paving was installed using Ultrascape’s BS 7533 compliant Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete, Flowpoint rapid setting grout and Pro-Prime slurry primer.

Construction was carried out in difficult circumstances as the station was fully operational throughout the project. It is the busiest interchange station in the UK with trains departing every 37 seconds and over 140,000 passengers passing through daily.

Ultrascape Flowpoint grout was ideal as its rapid setting properties enable areas to be open to foot traffic in just 1 hour, keeping downtime and disruption to a minimum. 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.

Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base for the pavers. 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 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.

Flowpoint and Pro-Bed HS are also available in ‘ECO’ which is ideal for use on schemes looking to achieve distinctive environmental performance in their work and recognition from the CEEQUAL award scheme.

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.

The stunning new station opened its doors in September 2015 and has already become a destination in its own right. Ultrascape is proud to have been specified and involved in a project that has delivered a station fit for Britain’s second city.

Get it right first time and make Ultrascape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving system your only choice.

For further information on Ultrascape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system, please call 01827 254402.


Instarmac making inroads in Algeria

Instarmac, and their Algerian partner, Disalg Sarl, have recently been awarded a €1 million contract for the installation of manhole covers in Algeria with the world renowned Ultracrete Instant Road Repair® and Ultracrete PY5.

The 5 year contract will see Ultracrete Instant Road Repair® and PY5 supplied to SEOR-Societé de l’eau et de l’assainissement d’Oran, the water company for Algeria’s second largest city, Oran. Both products are manufactured by Instarmac and distributed by Disalg Sarl in Algeria.

This contract will ensure that all manhole installations in Oran, Algeria, will be completed with products that are proven, trusted and fit for purpose. These high specification materials are tested and independently approved to provide a minimum service life of 5 years – which means no costly repeat visits for the contractors and minimal disruption to motorists and pedestrians.

On winning this contact, Angus Longward, Export Sales Manager for Instarmac, commented: “We are delighted to bring our award-winning ironwork repair solutions to Algeria.”

A flowable polyester resin system, PY5 is ideal for anchoring bolts or bars, the bedding of lights in carriageways, sealing surface cracks, and importantly for this contract, the fixing of manhole covers. It can withstand extreme wear and tear, has superior flexural, compressive and tensile strength gain and what’s more, it can be opened to traffic in just 40 minutes – ideal for heavily trafficked areas and minimising traffic disruption.

Providing the surface finish for the manhole installations is Ultracrete Instant Road Repair®. This world renowned cold lay asphalt has been used for more than 35 years, in various climates and weathers around the world – all with impressive results. It can be used in ALL temperatures and weathers and is instantly trafficable making it the perfect repair product for all projects and countries.

For more information on Instarmac and their innovative materials, please visit Alternatively, you can call Instarmac’s International sales team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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UltraFloor Level IT Bond scores at Wembley Stadium

UltraFloor’s Level IT Bond the rapid drying, all purpose smoothing underlayment has been used to refurbish a prestigious hospitality suite at Wembley Stadium.

The project was secured by longstanding UltraFloor customer, Mighty Flooring who carried out the work in the 50m² suite over a three day period. Level IT Bond was applied onto a concrete substrate and overlaid with a wooden vinyl to create a elegant finish perfect for entertaining private guests during matches.

Level IT Bond has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates without the need to prime. The two components are mixed to provide a rapid setting, free flowing smoothing underlayment which is protein free and suitable for biologically sensitive areas.

Its rapid setting properties allow for floor coverings to be laid after only four hours reducing valuable time spent on site. Level IT Bond can be laid at thicknesses from 2-12mm, has an open time of 15-20 minutes, is compatible with underfloor heating and is moisture tolerant.

A successful back catalogue of projects has established Level IT Bond as the ‘latex’ of choice for many contractors including Mighty Flooring, who state that they are: “Very happy with the flow and dry time, and the overall finish.”

For further product information including the datasheet please visit or to place an order call 01827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow: @Ultra_Floor.