Preserving Heritage14th October 2016
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 email@example.com.