The Largest Public Realm Paving Scheme in Europe.

Media City in Manchester has recently undergone a £650 million landscaping development with the help of UltraScape’s BS 7533 Compliant Mortar Paving System.

Ultrascape was used in the recent renovation of Manchester’s Media City. The project was one of the largest public realm paving schemes in Europe.

MediaCity UK are committed to providing ‘a vibrant and sustainable environment’ and UltraScape’s products, with their fast-track use and high specification characteristics, were an ideal addition to the site’s development.

Over 2000 tonnes of Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS bedding mortar was applied in bulk silos which provided a perfect base for the stone to be laid on. Pro-Bed HS creates the ideal foundation for laying paving elements where a rigid or bound base is required and is specifically formulated to meet and exceed the strict demands of BS 7533. In order for a system to ‘actually’ be proven BS 7533 compliant, it must have undergone independent testing using UKAS methods.

Ultrascape’s Pro-Prime slurry primer and the innovative Ultrascape Flowpoint flowable rapid setting grout were also used throughout the development.

Flowpoint is the ideal solution for any sizeable scheme, enabling large areas to be grouted with this pourable material and simply washed away with no staining. It is synonymous with fast application, cost effective and robust jointing.

It enables paving to be open for foot traffic in just 1 hour and vehicular traffic in only 4 hours- which was an essential factor for such a busy city hub!

Our thoughts on Modern Landscaping

Modern landscaping is often created through an eye catching combination of open spaces, structured plants and high quality paving. Flagstones and pathways help to define and structure empty spaces leading up to a strong focal point.

The regeneration of Londonderry City Centre, designed by Civil & Structural Engineers BDP, is the perfect example. UltraScape Pro-Prime, Flowpoint and Pro-Bed HS transformed the heart of the city into a modern, urban landscape, increasing footfall and enhancing turnover for the surrounding areas!

The work, carried out by FP McCann contractors, included upgrading the drainage infrastructure, removing the old concrete block paving and renewing street lighting and pedestrian crossings. The extensive revival of Shipquay Place and Waterloo Square therefore required reliable materials that conformed to BS 7533 part 12, making UltraScape’s mortar paving system perfect for the job.

Our premium product range is fully BS 7533 compliant and has been specified for use with many public realm projects, boasting a full UKAS accreditation for its capabilities.

UltraScape Pro-Prime slurry primer is specifically formulated to provide an exceptional bond between all stone types, with its quick and easy application and blending making it an ideal solution for the large-scale Londonderry project, reducing long term maintenance costs and increasing the life expectancy of the paved area.

Our Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete was chosen for its long term durability and ease of use, supplied to the contractors in pre-blended 30 tonne silos that only require the addition of water. Its fast strength gain allows for a quick turnaround, is ready for foot traffic in as little as 12 hours and vehicular traffic in just 24.

UltraScape Flowpoint rapid setting flowable grout was poured over the top of the freshly paved area and simply washed away with no risk of stains, allowing the scheme to be opened to foot traffic after only one hour due to its fast setting formulation.

The completed landscaping project creates a clean, fresh finish to the area, teaming open paving schemes with a clean border of trees and concrete fixtures, drawing the eye towards the brand new 80 nozzle water feature with integrated lighting outside the Guildhall.

Since its completion, businesses in the areas have reported a 30% increase in turnover – proof that modern landscaping really can stimulate the local economy.



Flowpoint paves the most Luxurious Place on Earth

Flowpoint, part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving System available from Instarmac, has been specified, and used, to grout 9,000m² of granite stone at MBR City in Dubai.

MBR (Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum) City in Dubai is the definition of luxury. The 45 million square feet development brings together striking villas and mansions, beaches, crystal lagoons and beautiful architecture.

MBR City – District One is home to flagship retailers, fine dining, 600 acres of park lands, 8km of shared cycling tracks and 90 acres of crystal lagoons – the first of its kind and largest in the world.

MBR City is the epitome of luxurious living and so it was crucial that the materials used to build this development were aesthetically pleasing.

Flowpoint Smooth, supplied by Instarmac’s partner in Dubai, Tanseeq LLC, was specified to grout 9,000m² of granite stone throughout MBR City. It was also used to grout a number of roundabouts throughout District One.

Flowpoint Smooth is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. What’s more, Flowpoint Smooth can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and  vehicular traffic in just 4 hours – essential for sites such as this one.

Construction continued whilst the paving was installed with a number of heavy goods vehicles travelling across the paved area each day demonstrating Flowpoint Smooth’s exceptional capabilities in areas of heavy traffic with vehicles turning frequently.

Flowpoint Smooth is available in 2 colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey – the latter was used on this project to compliment the granite stone.

Flowpoint Smooth is available in Dubai through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit

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

BS 7533 why run the risk of failure?

BS 7533 has developed over 20 years to offer clear, consistent and tested methods for designing and constructing paved areas, offering a minimum construction life of 40 years.

Ultrascape are surprised to hear, all too often, that BS 7533 is still being ‘considered’ and not automatically specified. Why is this?

The risks and potential costs of using a non-compliant system are huge and should be instrumental in ensuring BS 7533 is specified every time. Here we review the benefits of BS 7533 compliant mortar paving systems for your consideration.

In order for a system to ‘actually’ be proven BS 7533 compliant, rather than just ‘manufactured to meet’ or ‘manufactured in accordance with’, it must have undergone independent testing using UKAS methods, which in general ensures the following benefits:

  1. Can be used to design and build schemes in excess of 1000 standard axles per day
  2. Helps to protect professional indemnity insurance
  3. Reduces costly failures and resulting personal injury claims
  4. Trusted throughout the world
  5. Tried and tested methods of construction
  6. Removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars

Most significantly, the British Standard promotes professional results that can give a construction life in excess of 40 years, whereas a non-compliant system cannot offer any minimum life expectancy.

Although the initial outlay may in some cases be lower, the ongoing and life cost of a non-compliant construction is generally significantly higher due to ongoing maintenance. Overall, using a BS 7533 compliant system helps to protect your professional indemnity insurance by reducing the risk of costly failures during the life of the construction.

One of the often overlooked aspects of the British Standard is that all of the materials are tested in conjunction with one another, ensuring that they work in harmony. This is extremely important when specifying a full mortar paving system to include bedding, priming, jointing and sealing.

Lastly, BS 7533 sets technical and practical guidelines that help to minimise potential workmanship issues. It is evident that using a compliant system is the one and only assurance against costly repercussions.

Do you need any further justification? Please call 01827 254402, we’ll be more than happy to discuss BS 7533 with you.

UltraScape have a fully RIBA accredited CPD Seminar available on the benefits of BS 7533, and the intricacies of rigid and flexible paving.  For further information on this, please email


Exclusive Licensing Opportunity at Intertraffic Amsterdam

Instarmac Group plc, developers of the world’s number 1 pothole repair, are looking for exclusive manufacturing licensees around the globe.

Visit Instarmac International at Intertraffic Amsterdam on stand EL.401 for details on the unmissable opportunity to be an exclusive licensee or distributor of world class road repair products. This will, of course, include their UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and their independently tested and approved manhole reinstatement system.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is a cold lay asphalt (macadam) repair material which offers a proven, durable and flexible, first time permanent repair for dangerous potholes. Instant Road Repair has been used in some of the hottest, wettest and coldest countries around the world, making it a firm favourite for local authorities and municipalities.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but this product offers many advantages over alternative suppliers. Strength is gained by compaction, often becoming even stronger the more traffic that travels over it. Specially formulated to promote flexibility, these products allow for compatible movement with the road surface, ensuring a long-term repair.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is suitable for use in heavily trafficked environments, such as congested city centres, airports and highways. Its proven durability and versatility means it is also suitable for use in railway stations, footpaths, driveways, car parks, docks, public utilities, hotels, school playgrounds, parks, hospitals and garage forecourts.

Experienced professionals will be on hand in Amsterdam to discuss the opportunities with you.  To arrange a meeting with either Angus Longward or Matthew Kinson email now.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair, please visit

Instarmac is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of highway maintenance solutions, pothole repair, tile adhesives, commercial flooring and internal finishing solutions, all of which are available to distribute.

Meghan Beesley: February 2016

February has been a really eventful month!  I was so excited to be able to open my 2016 season indoors.  The first few weeks were good to train even if the weather has been a bit cold.  However, I got through it by telling myself that it isn’t long untill my warm weather training camp in Florida.

I raced at BUCs (British University Championships) over the shorter distance of 200m.  This was a really tough day as my heat was at 10am, my semi at 1.30pm and the final at 3.15pm.  I always struggle when I don’t have time to fit in much food.  I really enjoyed the occasion and ran an indoor PB and broke the Championship record.  I am forever wanting more and wanted a little faster but I didn’t really decrease my training for the event so it is a good indication with where I am at this time of the year.  I love racing for my University and it was great to be back winning events.

I then had to prepare for UK Championships in Sheffield, 400m.  It is nice to race indoors as there are no 400m hurdles due to the banks of the track, so it gives me an opportunity to see how other events are going.  I won the 400m, the last time I won this title was 2008 (my other senior title) so I was pretty happy to be back to winning ways.  It was a tough race, I hadn’t raced a 400m yet this year and in the final I went through a little too fast and didn’t relax enough so I could just feel the other competitors coming back to me.  In the past I have had people just run past me at the last minute so I think that was in my head.  I was a little disappointed with the time I ran (as I do always want to be better) but it was great to win and do a lap of honour in the UK, something which I have never done before.

In 3 weeks I am going to Orlando, whilst I am there I am doing my first 400m hurdles.  I am looking forward to getting back into some harder training over the next couple of weeks before I start my 2016 outdoor season.  It is great to go to America to train, it gives me a change of scenery and the weather is more consistent at this time of year.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is proven to be the World’s Number 1 Pothole Repair

There are many pothole repair materials available on the market all claiming to be the best. So what makes UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® the world’s number 1 choice of pothole repair?

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® differs in its formulation. Continuously developed and perfected over 40 years, its specially graded aggregates and unique binder formulation are blended together to deliver a first time permanent pothole repair.

Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic that travels over it. UltraCrete Instant Road Repair’s superior strength gain and durability also guarantees performance in areas of turning and breaking. What’s more, wheel track tests also prove that UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is the perfect pothole repair for heavily trafficked roads.

It is a common misunderstanding that once a pothole has been repaired and the material has hardened, it stays there. In actual fact roads expand and contract which is why it is important to choose a material that will work with the road surface . UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been specially formulated to allow flexible movement within the road surface, ensuring a long-term durable repair.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact­ – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been used in some of the coldest, wettest and hottest countries – it has even been used in freezing temperatures. This innovative material has been independently tested by the British Board of Agrément and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time instant and permanent pothole repairs making it a firm favourite for local authorities and municipalities worldwide.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® please contact Instarmac’s International Sales Team by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402 or emailing You can also keep up to date with all the latest news from Instarmac HQ by following them on Twitter @InstarmacExport.

UltraTile TTA Awards Finalists 2016

We are delighted to have been announced as a finalist in 2 categories at this year’s TTA awards:

Nominated for ‘Excellence in Marketing‘ is ‘For tiling jobs that need to be perfect – UltraTile delivers‘.  This two-stage marketing campaign from UltraTile was delivered with the goal of increasing brand awareness amongst end users and retailers and to increase sales of tile adhesive, ProFlex S2.  It utilised social media platforms and radio as new media channels.  A mass audience was reached, website visitors increased by 40%, twitter followers by 54.8% and sales by 70.1%.

Nominated for ‘Best Environmental Initiative‘ is UltraTile’s continuous environmental performance.  Manufacturing is notorious for having a negative impact on the environment, but through various initiatives across the business, we have successfully established sustainable development within tiling adhesive production.  Sustainability and environmental issues are very important to UltraTile and are always considered when making business decisions.  We continue to improve our environmental performance with the aim of creating a truly sustainable future.

The ceremony takes place on 14th May, for further information click here.  We look forward to seeing lots of you there to, hopefully, celebrate with…fingers crossed!