UltraCrete Instant Road Repair Excels in the Land of Fire and Ice

Instarmac’s Icelandic partner, Arnardalur srf. have supplied UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® to the Department of National Roads for a number of emergency repairs throughout Reykjavik.

Iceland, known fondly as the “Land of Fire and Ice”, is a country of extremes, with beautiful glaciers and stunning volcanic springs located next to one another. During the winter months, temperatures can reach as low as minus 30°C which leaves the road network vulnerable to potholes and damage caused by the freeze/thaw effect.

The Department of National Roads required a repair material that could be used in all weathers providing emergency repairs to a network of highly trafficked roads. Arnardalur srf. supplied UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® cold lay asphalt for these repairs.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is a first time permanent pothole repair which has been continuously developed over the past 35 years and used all around the world with excellent results. It is being used on a daily basis in all climates, from the snow bound island of Hokkaido in Japan, to the tropical monsoon hit roads of Malaysia, in the freezing cold Scandinavian winters, the heat of the Namibian desert and the temperate climates of Europe.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but UltraCrete backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger  the more traffic travels over it, making it perfect for busy roads, such as those in Reykjavik where daily traffic reaches 60,000 cars per day!

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it can even be used in the freezing Icelandic temperatures.

What’s more, potholes repaired with UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for countries such as Iceland where, during the winter, daylight is limited to only 4 hours per day and therefore a rapid repair is essential.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® certainly excelled in the unique conditions Iceland has to offer. One contractor commented: “It is easy to work with and can be used in wet and cold weather. It also lasts longer in the potholes compared to what we have been used to.”

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, permanent pothole repairs.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair®, and the other highway maintenance materials available from Instarmac, please visit instarmacinternational.com or email international@instarmac.com.

To contact Arnardalur srf. please call 00354 8989 556 or email sverrirt@centrum.is.

UltraCrete Reduces Road Defects by 98%

The UK’s largest water company is using UltraCrete’s flowable bedding system to reinstate manhole covers and frames across its network.

United Utilities manages the water and waste network in North West England, this includes Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. Hundreds of thousands of vehicles pass through its network on a daily basis and increasing traffic volumes are taking their toll on the road infrastructure as well as damaging the ductile ironwork within it.

United Utilities sought a durable bedding system that would support the ironwork bearing the high traffic volumes. UltraCrete’s Envirobed HA104® compliant bedding and backfill mortar system provided the ideal solution. It is a two-part cementitious system which offers all of the benefits of resin-based products, but none of the hazards and no expensive waste disposal. It can be used in all weather too, even in temperatures as low as 1⁰C, so disruption is kept to a minimum!  Both mortars achieve superior compressive and tensile strengths within 3 hours and can be opened to traffic in 1 hour.

The internal voids of the frames and brickwork are dammed with HAPAS approved Envirobed HA104®, the original high performance bedding mortar. It achieves a compressive strength of 53N/mm² in 3 hours and a tensile strength of 6.10N/mm², far exceeding the requirements of the HA104 cited in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. Envirobed HA104® Flowable bedding mortar is then poured around the pre-levelled frame.

Its flowable consistency neatly and consistently fills the voids providing excellent lateral stability.

‘UltraCrete’s Envirobed Flowable system has reduced defects on our network by 98%. Its simplistic application has also saved us time on site, improved productivity and reduced reinstatement costs.’ Sammy Nelson, United Utilities.

To find out more about how UltraCrete can help you save time and money, call 01827 254402 or email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

A Safer Road Ahead thanks to UltraCrete

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have supplied world-renowned reinstatement materials to repair a failed manhole on a busy road in Rue des Creuses, France.

Municipalite of Annecy required reinstatement materials that would be able to withstand heavy trafficking and endure the constant flow of wheels as this particular manhole cover was located in the wheel track of the carriageway. Located outside a Peugeot Garage and 300m from the entrance of a busy supermarket, it was essential that the repair materials used could be trafficked quickly to minimise disruption to pedestrians and motorists.

Vert Bleu supplied TPLM, the contractor on this project, with UltraCrete PY5, a flowable resin bedding mortar and UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® cold lay asphalt, as these products not only meet, but surpass the requirements of this reinstatement.

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 Highways 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 thanks to its high performance capabilities.

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 is suitable for use in all weathers and climates and is resistant to freeze/thaw as well as extremely hot weather conditions which made it ideal for the changeable environment in the mountainous area of the Rue des Creuses.

The failed manhole was reinstated quickly and efficiently much to the delight of both TPLM and the Municipalite of Annecy.

For further information about PY5 and Instant Road Repair and the products available in the UltraCrete range of highway maintenance materials, please visit www.instarmacinternational.com or email international@instarmac.com.

To contact Vert Bleu please call +33 (0)4 79 84 41 08 or visit www.ultracrete.fr.

UltraCrete’s original fast setting bedding mortar, M60, now has a partner with added extra!

M60 F a fibre reinforced rapid strength bedding mortar is now available.  UltraCrete have taken their market leading M60 and with the addition of fibres have created a superior bedding mortar which provides added strength for enhanced performance.

M60 F is ideal for use with all types of access covers, as well as for the rapid bonding of granite setts, flags, emergency repairs and the bedding of kerbs.

UltraCrete’s M60 F also contains a high volume of recycled glass which helps accomplish tough environmental sustainability targets and achieves exceptional bond strength without the use of a primer.  The formula conforms to HD27/04 and can be open to traffic in 1 hour.

For more information on M60 F and other products from the UltraCrete range of highway maintenance, road and pothole repair products, call now on +44(0)1827 254402, email ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk or visit www.ultracrete.co.uk.

Stone Cladding – but not as you know it!

You mention stone cladding and a certain property on Coronation Street springs to mind. Stone cladding may have a bad reputation, however it is making a comeback.

The variety of stone on the market has meant that architects, landscape designers and contractors can create some stunning displays showcasing the natural beauty of the stone.

Application is key when creating these architectural displays and urban regeneration specialist UltraScape now offer and adhesive for internal and external wall and floor applications. It is ideal for installing decorative features such as raised flower beds and can also be used for fixing brick slips and natural stone to vertical edges.

SlipBond is formulated with extended workability allowing large intricate areas to be covered on a range of substrates including sand and cement renders and brick and block work. It can be applied  from a thickness of 3mm – 20mm up to 1m² at a time and its frost resistant formulation makes it ideal for use in all weathers.

SlipBond is polymer modified for increased strength and has exceptional bond and flexural capacity. It can also be used to apply large format, porcelain and natural stone tiles in internal environments and is particularly suitable for areas where vibration may occur.

For further information on UltraScape SlipBond, please contact us on 01827 254402 or email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk.

UltraScape Features in Award Winning Scheme

Birmingham’s historic Central Fire Station has been brought to life following a multi-million pound redevelopment. All paving was grouted using Flowpoint, the renowned rapid setting grout from UltraScape.

The £35 million redevelopment has given the disused Grade II listed 1930s fire station a new lease of life as apartments for students of Aston and City of Birmingham Universities.  The station has been transformed into stylish apartments, as well as shops, bars and leisure facilities, yet still retaining many of its iconic features such as the 40ft fireman’s pole and the drill tower.

As part of the redevelopment, Construction Group, Watkins Jones, reclaimed 300m² of original cobblestones from around the site which they cleaned, re-laid and grouted with UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Flowpoint rapid set grout. 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. The material is particularly suitable for use on irregular joints and can accommodate widths between 5mm and 50mm and depths of up to 200mm in a single pass. It is fast and efficient to apply, leaving a perfect stain free finish. Flowpoint can be opened to pedestrians in just 1 hour and vehicular traffic after only 4 hours, minimising disruption.

Site Manager, Terry Hyslop commented ‘ Flowpoint is a great product, it was easy to use and its fast setting time enabled us to keep downtime to a minimum.’

The site has been transformed into a vibrant location, combining classic styling with modern design. It was recognised for its innovation and sustainability credentials at the RICS awards 2016, where it was crowned the UK’s national design through innovation winner!

For further information on UltraScape’s  BS 7533 compliant bedding, jointing and priming product suite please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402.


UltraScape Helps Revitalise Historic Castle Square

UltraScape’s fully compliant BS 7533 mortar paving system has 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 Mediaeval Castle.

The work included the removal of a car park, to create new public open space and a pedestrian foot bridge to access the Castle gardens.

Over 2200m² of West Pennine Gritstone was installed by specialist civil engineering contractor, Britannia  Construction, using UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete, Flowpoint rapid setting grout and Pro-Prime slurry primer.

The old asphalt surface was removed and replaced with natural stone paving blocks. Shrubs and flowers were planted and turf was laid. The most spectacular feature is a glass-sided bridge that floats across the Castle’s grass moat.  In-built lighting, coupled with floodlights at the museum, make it a magical sight at night.

UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base for the paving blocks. 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.

UltraScape’s Flowpoint grout 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.

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.

For further information on UltraScape’s  BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system, please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

UltraCrete helps in the fight against vandalism

Unfortunately vandalism is a common problem on our high streets, car parks and public spaces.  Whether it is graffiti on walls and furniture, destruction of street signs, damage to decorative areas or a ‘joker’ making their mark in your newly laid concrete, all this damage is not only costly to repair but also has a negative impact on  the public’s view of the area and in some cases the perception of the contractor.

We have all seen it and while it can be quite comical we shouldn’t forget the costs of repairing damage to concrete by vandalism.  Council defect charges can be significant so it is important to use materials that provide the contractor with peace of mind and exceptional performance.

No contractor wants to be perceived as doing a bad job and there is nothing more frustrating than being sent out to repair work already completed.

UltraCrete offers you the solution, QC6 is a non–shrink concrete designed for the surface reinstatement of ‘picture frames’ or fillets around street ironwork and general repairs to roads and pathways, concrete drives, pavements and surface areas surrounding street furniture. Its fast setting time of just 15 minutes makes it ideal for reinstatements in busy, public spaces where downtime must be kept to a minimum, eliminating the use of barriers and traffic cones and opportunity to deface the repair.

QC6 is approved for use by BT, and the London Underground and Overground. It is supplied pre-blended in 25kg bags and tubs, containing special cements and a 6mm graded aggregate. The product requires only the addition of water to form a high strength rapid setting concrete, which, when set, dries to match most existing concrete surfaces. It can be applied from depths of 12mm to 100mm, depending on application.

Whilst we may not be able to eradicate malicious damage entirely, UltraCrete’s QC6 can help play a part in the fight against vandalism in our public spaces.

For further information on UltraCrete’s QC6 please visit our website www.ultracrete.co.uk call us now on +44(0)1827 254402 or email us at ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk

UltraFloor add to moisture protection range

UltraFloor are delighted to announce the launch of Suppress IT, a single component, two-coat moisture vapour suppressant.

UltraFloor Suppress IT is ideal for use over a variety of substrates including concrete floors, sand/cement screeds and most absorbent construction materials.  It is a water based product which is designed to suppress residual construction moisture, providing a protective primer membrane prior to further floor preparation.

Using a two-coat application method without the need to prime, Suppress IT is easy to use and available in a resealable bottle for reuse eliminating waste.  It is possible to overlay the product in as little as 60 minutes and once cured the product will achieve up to 95% relative humidity.  Suppress IT allows earlier installations of floor coverings and successful completion of time sensitive projects in an ever demanding construction industry.

Suppress IT is packaged in a 5ltr bottle and available nationwide today.  This latest addition to the UltraFloor range of professional flooring solutions provides a popular alternative to the damp proof membrane.

For further product information including the datasheet please visit ultra-floor.co.uk 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.