Instarmac Group plc is proud to announce the recent acquisition of Granfix Products Ltd.

Instarmac is an established manufacturer of high quality materials for the tiling and commercial flooring sectors, as well as a renowned market leader in the urban regeneration and highway maintenance industries.  The acquisition of the Granfix brand will support Instarmac’s continued growth and greatly contribute toward expanding their product offering to the tiling market.  By working alongside their already successful Ultra Tile brand Granfix will elevate Instarmac to a market leading supplier to the tile trade.

Granfix Products Ltd. has been manufacturing high quality wall and floor tile adhesives, finishes, cleaning and maintenance products for wall and floor tiles since 1992.  Production of all Granfix products will transfer to Instarmac’s production plant based in Tamworth, Staffordshire which has been ISO certified for over a decade.

The acquisition now makes Instarmac the forerunner in the tiling adhesives market and enhances the company’s future growth and performance.  Phil Staniforth and his team will be joining Instarmac in January 2016.

Phil who will be joining as General Manager for Granfix said: “I am thrilled, our companies share many common values and attributes and I am confident we will produce even greater opportunities for our partners.”

Paul Butcher, Sales Director from Instarmac says: “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Granfix.  We are committed to build on the reputation of the Granfix brand and look forward to developing and introducing product innovation to this sector.”


UltraScape restores London Borough train station entrance

Situated in South West London, the Borough of Wandsworth is home to 2 major train stations, Wandsworth Common and Wandsworth Town.  The latter has received major urban regeneration using the Ultrascape mortar paving system.

The improvements to the station’s entrance and surrounding area were made using Pro-Bed HS bedding mortar, Pro-Prime slurry primer and Flowpoint flowable grout.  Making up UltraScape’s renowned mortar paving system, the 3 products are proven to be BS 7533 compliant under UKAS testing methods. This British Standard promotes professional results that can give a minimum construction life of 40 years.  What’s more, when using the system the paving can be opened to traffic 4 hours after grouting.

UltraScape Pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar that can be laid from 10mm to 75mm.  The product creates the ideal foundation for laying paving elements where a rigid or bound base is required.

UltraScape Pro-Prime slurry primer is specifically formulated to provide an exceptional bond of greater than 2N/mm² between all types of stone.  It only requires the simple addition of water before it can be applied to the stone elements.

UltraScape Flowpoint, a rapid setting flowable grout, is fast and efficient to apply, offering the ability to grout significant areas of paving quickly and cleanly.  Perfect for wide or narrow joints, Flowpoint can accommodate joint widths of 3-50mm and depths of up to 200mm in a single pass.

This project not only included the construction of footpaths, but also a road crossing outside of the station and a speed table in Old York Road, which runs alongside the station’s entrance and demonstrates the system’s compatibility with vehicle as well as foot traffic.

Flowpoint to Set Sail in Rotterdam

Flowpoint has been used on a large scale paving project in Rotterdam – another prestigious project to add to its growing portfolio.

Poltec, distributor of UltraScape’s independently tested and approved mortar paving system, supplied over 1,000 bags of Flowpoint, flowable paving grout, to point the newly laid paving on a heavily trafficked area next to the famous Erasmusbrug Bridge in Rotterdam.

Ideal for grouting most paving types and mixed easily with water, Flowpoint can fill widths of 5-50mm and joint depths of up to 200mm in one pour, leaving a perfect, stain-free finish.

What’s more, Flowpoint can even be applied in the wet weather, which means work doesn’t have to stop during bad weather or during colder months. It can even be opened to foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in 4 hours, minimising disruption.

With a track record spanning over 25 years, you can be assured that when strength, durability and style matter, Flowpoint is the world’s number one choice for all paving projects.

UltraScape helps to preserve Gateway to World Heritage site

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

The work was carried out using UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system comprising Pro-Prime slurry primer , Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete and Flowpoint rapid setting grout. This British Standard proves that these materials have been independently and rigorously tested by a UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance capabilities. Schemes incorporating  BS 7533 compliant materials will benefit from a reduction in failures and considerable whole life cost savings.

UltraScape’s Flowpoint has a high fluid consistency and was ideal for grouting the varying joint widths and depths created by the cobbles. Simple to use, it was poured over the area and washed clean, filling all joints evenly, without staining. This slurry method provides a fast, cost effective and robust way of grouting large areas, quickly. Furthermore, Flowpoint can be open to foot traffic in just one hour, minimising time on site and disruption to pedestrians. It is available in two colours; charcoal and natural, both of which were used on this project.  A third, bespoke colour was also blended to ensure all areas were in keeping with the original character.

The site has since withstood vehicular traffic, heavy foot traffic, and the elements, with no signs of deterioration – a testament to using a BS 7533 compliant system. A tried and tested method that removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

“We are delighted with the overall appearance of the scheme and also with its durability.  The products were easy to use and the technical assistance we received from the team at Ultrascape in the design stages, and also during the construction process, all contributed to the success of the project.  The products have proved themselves to be resilient and durable and Bow Lane looks just as good 4 years on.” Sara Forbes, Assistant Engineer, Highway Design.

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

Swindon Station is back on track with UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system has been used to deliver a modern and stylish forecourt outside Swindon railway station.

The redevelopment has transformed what was previously a heavy traffic dominated area, into a prestigious pedestrian focused arrival space which features seating, planting, lighting and a  millennium clock. Taxi ranks, drop offs and bus stops are now in well defined locations.

Work was carried out by specialist civil engineering contractor, Britannia Construction and included the installation of 500 tonnes of high quality natural granite and Pennant Sandstone using UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete, Flowpoint rapid setting grout and Pro-Prime slurry primer.

Construction took place in ‘live’ conditions with train commuters still using the area to access the station. Flowpoint was the ideal choice 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.  This slurry method provides an easy method of grouting large areas, quickly.

UltraScape Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base for the granite and stone setts. It can be laid up to 75mm in one pass, with greater depths achievable using successive layers. To promote bond, the supporting layer and setts were primed using UltraScape’s Pro-Prime which ensures full and even contact will be made with the aggregate particles as well as promoting adhesion to greater than 2N/mm² as per the requirements of BS 7533.

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 a UKAS accredited laboratory to assess their performance capabilities. This method removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers a minimum construction life of 40 years.

More than 3 million people pass through Swindon’s station every year and UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant system was the ideal choice to ensure longevity and assure against costly repercussions.

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

New Look UltraCrete Brochure – Out Now!

UltraCrete is proud to unveil its new look brochure which showcases its market leading range of highway repair solutions.

The new brochure includes updated photography and product profiles as well as a handy pull out product guide and tabs to quickly navigate you to your area of interest.

UltraCrete has a trusted reputation for quality, value and service and is specified by local authorities and contractors nationally.  The brand offers HAPAS approved and SROH compliant products and systems which provide first time permanent repair solutions, helping you to reduce your total cost of ownership.

Get it right first time and order your FREE copy today! Simply browse the UltraCrete website, click the downloads section or email


The Market’s Favourite Pothole Repair Material, Now Even Easier to Apply!

At Instarmac, home of the UltraCrete brand of proven and tested highway maintenance solutions, innovation, research and development is stimulated by the relationship they have with their customers.

The company pride themselves on listening to customers’ needs and providing real solutions.  As part of this programme of continual improvement and investment they have recently made enhancements to their HAPAS approved Permanent Pothole Repair and 6mm Instant Road Repair cold lay asphalt material to facilitate even easier application.

The easy work formulas eliminate the need for kneading before installation.  Permanent Pothole Repair and 6mm Instant Road Repair can be applied direct from the tub filling patches with ease and enabling effortless compaction once in-situ.  The straightforward application provides a more efficient repair method, saving the contractor both time on site and the overall cost of installation.

The new enhanced Permanent Pothole Repair is available in 25kg tubs and is recommended for the repair of potholes in roads, driveways and car parks. Instant Road repair 6mm grade is supplied in 25kg plastic bags and tubs and is ideal for permanent repairs in footpaths and cycle tracks.

UltraCrete’s cold lay asphalts are formulated to give a performance equivalent to hot-lay materials, yet remain workable and effective for 6 months without degrading in storage or transit. Cleaner, more efficient and user friendly, they can be used in all weathers at any time, day or night and are particularly suitable for small works such as patch repairs, street ironwork, access covers and repairs to footways. Furthermore, the resealable tubs eliminate any wastage, helping your money go further.

Protect Your Asset with UltraCrete’s Overbanding

Instaband ECO is UltraCrete’s HAPAS approved thermoplastic overbanding tape, designed for application to asphalt roads to prevent water ingress and progressive fretting, which leads to road structural failure.

It can be used in addition to UltraCrete’s HAPAS Approved Reinstatement System, or applied on its own for the sealing of reinstatement joints, fretting edges and general cracks up to 5mm wide.

Quick and easy to heat apply, it can be trafficked instantly, minimising the need for traffic management. It offers a high skid resistance value of 60, improving road safety, especially important for motorcyclists, cyclists and horses. These  values also conform to the requirements of the Specification for the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH), S11.7 (SRV minimum 55).

Instaband ECO provides a waterproof seal on  asphalt and is an excellent method of preventative maintenance. The product’s simple application method provides contractors with an effective way of protecting new and in-situ reinstatements as well as repairing joints and cracks in older wearing courses.

Installation without HAPAS approved materials can lead to early failure and contravene SROH requirements.

Choose UltraCrete’s HAPAS approved products for guaranteed performance and durability.

UltraScape exhibiting at Ecobuild

Urban regeneration specialist, UltraScape, part of the Instarmac Group, will be exhibiting at Ecobuild from 8th-10th March at ExCel London.

Ecobuild is the leading exhibition and conference for the UK construction and energy market, attracting over 40,000 professionals from across the supply chain. This year’s event will focus on market priorities such as housing, energy efficiency, sustainable design, technology and innovation.

UltraScape will be showcasing its BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system on stand E4194 which includes its environmentally friendly bedding mortar and flowable grouts.

Flowpoint ECO, is UltraScape’s innovative flowable rapid setting grout, containing 20% recycled glass. It is ideal for schemes looking to achieve an ‘excellent’ CEEQUAL award or where a BREEAM assessment is to be conducted. It can be opened to foot traffic in just 1 hour and vehicular in 4. Its high fluid consistency makes it ideal for grouting varying joint widths and depths. 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.  This slurry method provides an easy method of grouting large areas, quickly.

UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS ECO bedding mortar, also containing 20% recycled glass, provides the perfect bound base for laying paving. Use it in conjunction with Flowpoint ECO, to significantly reduce your consumption of virgin aggregates. 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 ECO allows pedestrian areas to be trafficked in as little as 12 hours.  It is supplied in 25kg paper bags and 30 tonnes silos for larger sites, which also has the added benefit of reducing product packaging waste to zero.

Visit UltraScape to find out how using BS 7533 compliant materials helps to reduce the whole life cost of your asset or come along to the CPD session on day 2 of the exhibition, where UltraScape’s National Sales Manager Alex Wright will be delivering a seminar on the subject.

You can register for your free ticket at  UltraScape look forward to seeing you there.



Stockport community benefits from new UltraFloor installation

UltraFloor’s Level IT Super30 rapid setting and drying smoothing underlayment has been used on a church extension in Romiley, Stockport.

The contractor was G J Flooring Specialists Ltd. who carried out the work at St. Christopher’s Church on Barrack Hill.  A three day window was available for the work to be completed, two days of which were required for the fitting of the engineered oak flooring, leaving only the one for all the subfloor preparation.

Level IT Super30 is UltraFloor’s high specification, two-part smoothing underlayment that sets to walk on in as little as 30 minutes, whilst enabling floor coverings to be laid after only 3 hours.  This makes it ideal for use on projects where it is necessary to carry out the installation in a short time frame, including quick turnaround building extensions and refurbishment contracts.

The concrete substrate area totalled 130m² and the contractor’s team applied Level IT Super30 at a 3mm depth, providing a smooth, sound finish for the chosen floor to be laid onto.  Proprietor, Greg Jones commented that Level IT Super30 is “…fit for purpose…” and contributed to an “…excellent finish and happy client.”

Level IT Super30 can be applied between thickness of 2-15mm and its protein free formulation means it is ideal for use in biologically sensitive areas.  It can be used on a variety of subfloors, overlaid with most floor coverings, and is also suitable for use where warm water underfloor heating is incorporated.