Importance of BREEAM and CEEQUAL

As global temperatures rise there is an increased amount of pressure from governments and individuals for businesses to increase their sustainability performance. This is especially true for manufacturers and contractors as the individual consumption of energy and fossil fuels contributes most to the amount of C0² released into the atmosphere, thus aggravating the global warming problem.

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use. Globally there are more than 552,100 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,253,600 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

CEEQUAL is a sustainability assessment tool with over 12 years operational experience that can be used for the assessment of all types of civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects and contracts.

Instarmac sees caring for the environment as one of its key objectives and in the last few years Instarmac have been working hard to analyse and quantify their performance to not only benefit themselves but to benefit their customers.

With this in mind, UltraScape offers an ECO range to ensure they are supporting their customers own sustainability targets without compromising product quality or performance.

Bedding concrete, Pro-Bed HS ECO, contains recycled glass aggregate, is available in bulk, alongside their standard Pro-Bed HS. Flowpoint ECO offers the same benefits as Flowpoint but contains 20% recycled material, significantly reducing the consumption of virgin aggregates and is ideal for schemes looking to achieve an ‘excellent’ CEEQUAL award, or where a BREEAM assessment is to be carried out.

Large scale public realm projects are now turning to dry mortar silos for supply of British Standard bedding mortars such as UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS. This results in labour savings, easy storage and responds to sustainability and environmental issues. Silos reduce dust, disposal of packaging, and haulage whilst increasing productivity. UltraScape Pro-Bed HS ECO contains 20% recycled glass meaning one silo holds 30 tonnes of material that equates to 6 tonnes of recycled glass being utilised every time a silo containing our ECO product is delivered. That’s 6 tonnes less quarried aggregate.

An every increasing number of cities and borough councils across the UK are turning to the UltraScape range of BS 7533 compliant mortar paving products including Swindon Borough Council for the Regent street Public Realm Enhancement Scheme. This scheme saw Landscape Architect Nicholas Pearson Associates and the South West Regional Development agency achieve a CEEQUAL Excellent rating of 86%.

For further information on UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System or to enquire about a free CPD seminar please contact the UltraScape team on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email

For added Kerb Appeal

UltraCrete Kerb and Patch Repair is a two-component rapid repair mortar ideal for the reinstatement of small areas such as trip hazards, kerbs and steps where prompt access is required.

This high strength patch and kerb repair mortar can be opened to traffic in just 2 hours. It also boasts the following capabilities:

  • Workability: 7 minutes
  • Set time: 25 minutes
  • Depth: 10-100mm
  • 50N/mm² compressive strength at 28 days
  • 8.09N/mm² tensile strength at 28 days
  • No waste
  • Size: 10kg bucket

For further information on UltraCrete Kerb and Patch Repair and other products from UltraCrete’s range of highway maintenance, road and pothole repair products, call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email

Granfix re-launch new and improved CSA FLEXIBLE tile adhesive

The Granfix flexible adhesive for calcium sulphate floors and plaster walls, CSA FLEXIBLE has been re-launched with an improved formulation and is now rapid setting.

Over the last couple of years calcium sulphate floors have increased in popularity due to their ease and speed of application, they are also economical to lay so have proved popular with flooring contractors and fitters.

Granfix, an Instarmac brand, offers premium tile adhesives, grouts and ancillaries to professional tile fixers, contractors, retailers, specifiers and architects.  The comprehensive range includes CSA FLEXIBLE, a specialist adhesive for calcium sulphate floors and plaster walls.  This already popular adhesive is now rapid setting and allows for grouting after only 4 hours.

CSA FLEXIBLE is suitable for bed depths of 3-10mm and has a pot life of 60 minutes.  It is compatible for use with most tile types including porcelain and natural stone, and may also be used to fix mosaics.  Formulated to achieve the significant S1 classification, it boasts high adhesive strength making it suitable for use with underfoor heating and without the need to pre-prime.

Available to buy today in 20kg bags, each will achieve an excellent 4.5kg/m² using a 3mm bed depth.

If you would like any more information, please call 01827 254402 or email  Full product information, including datasheets, can be found by visiting

UltraScape Helps to Boost Boscombe

UltraScape’s BS 7533 mortar paving system has been used to rejuvenate a busy high street in Bournemouth as part of plans to redevelop Boscombe precinct.

The £1.2 million scheme will create a ‘shared space’ environment by redesigning pavement and road layout, improving street furniture as well as introducing cycle lanes and bus priority signals to open up the shopping area and encourage drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to use the area harmoniously.

Bournemouth Borough Council specified UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system to install granite blocks and concrete slabs along Palmerston Road. The work was carried out by Building and Civil Engineering Company, P T Contractors Ltd with pedestrian access maintained at all times.

Ultrascape Flowpoint grout was ideal for this project 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 paving elements. 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. It was supplied in 1 tonne bulk bags, perfect for large pedestrianisation projects with the added benefit of vastly reducing mortar packaging waste.

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.

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.

‘We chose UltraScape materials because of the swift response given by their sales team upon initial enquiry and the site support provided during the project. The products performed well and we would certainly recommend them.’ P T Contractors Ltd.

To date, the redevelopment of Boscombe has already improved facilities for visitors travelling in and around the town, making it easier, safer and more attractive.

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


On the Right Line

UltraCrete Instaline is ideal for the reinstatement of line areas on car parks, roads and carriageways. This thermoplastic road marking provides anti-skid, is durable, reflective and easy to apply. Instaline can also minimise Traffic Management Act penalties.

Conforms to BS EN 1436:2007 as a road marking material.

No ‘difficult to remove’ plastic backing sheet.

Comes pre-beaded, avoiding the expensive drop on glass beads.

Remains flexible and easy to unroll in temperatures as low as 5°C.

Excellent UV resistance providing long term colour fastness.

UltraCrete Instaline provides a skid resistance value in exces of 55, straight from the box!

Available in a range of colours: Yellow, White and Primrose.

No waste, cut as required.

Size: Yellow and White – 5m x 100mm rolls, 6 rolls per box. Primrose – 5m x 50mm, 12 rolls per box.

For further information on Instaline from UltraCrete, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at

UltraCrete Solutions on Track!

UltraCrete will be racing over to Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds in Leicester to demonstrate why their highway maintenance solutions are in pole position.

Highways Seeing is Believing event is the only chance to see products at work in a live environment – not in a static exhibition hall, and takes place from 9-10th November. The event provides the perfect showcase with its outside road environments, internal exhibition and an integrated conference, workshops and roundtable discussions.

UltraCrete will be demonstrating products in real-life November conditions – in the cold, dark and rain – to highlight their renowned durability and versatility.

In particular UltraCrete’s new hybrid pothole repair, Tough Patch® Rapid – the latest addition to its repair and refurbishment range.

Tough Patch® Rapid is a hard wearing, fast setting, hybrid pothole repair solution that withstands extreme trafficking and is a suitable solution for the repair of defects in bituminous and cementitious surfaces in pavements, driveways, car parks and on high speed roads. It can be used in wet, freezing and hot conditions and compacts under traffic, without rutting or sticking to tyres.

This hybrid pothole repair, material is reactive meaning it cures much faster – it has a core time of just 24 hours!   Tough Patch® Rapid truly lives up to its name – its produces an extremely tough repair instantly.  Find out more by visiting the live outside zone area ‘Maintenance Matters.

UltraCrete’s range of materials covers an array of repair and refurbishment needs, including post and fence fixing, anti-skid products, line marking and overbanding systems, high specification concretes and early strength gain, fast setting mortars. These products are backed up by first class technical, training and site support, helping you to get it right first time, saving time on site and eliminating repeat visits

Come and see UltraCrete in action by registering at

Preserving Heritage

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

UltraCrete to exhibit at Scotland’s Largest Road Infrastructure Event

UltraCrete, the brand of proven and tested highways maintenance solutions, is set to exhibit at Road Expo Scotland on 2nd and 3rd November at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.

The free-to-attend two day exhibition and conference will bring together over 100 Scottish road maintenance product and service suppliers and an expected 1000 visitors, who are all committed to the continual improvement of the Scottish Road Network.

Visit Instarmac on stand D2 to find out about their new hybrid pothole repair material, Tough Patch® Rapid –  a hard wearing, fast setting, cold lay asphalt that withstands extreme trafficking and is a suitable solution for the repair of defects in bituminous and cementitious surfaces in pavements, driveways, car parks and on high speed roads. This hybrid pothole repair material is reactive meaning it cures much faster – it has a core time of just 24 hours and can be used in wet, freezing and hot conditions.  It compacts under traffic, without rutting or sticking to tyres.

See live demonstrations of Tough Patch® Rapid as well as UltraCrete’s fibre reinforced bedding mortar, M60 F. Also on show, UltraCrete’s Kerb and Patch Repair, ideal for the reinstatement of small areas requiring less than a ready-mix quantity, for example kerbs, steps and trip hazards.

UltraCrete’s range of materials covers an array of repair and refurbishment needs, including post and fence fixing, anti-skid products, line marking and overbanding systems, high specification concretes and early strength gain, fast setting mortars. These products are backed up by first class technical, training and site support, helping you to get it right first time, saving time on site and eliminating repeat visits.

UltraCrete’s sister brand, urban regeneration specialist UltraScape, will also be showcasing its BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system comprising of a bedding mortar, flowable grout and primer for installing paving elements. This fully compliant system offers the reassurance of being tested by independent UKAS accredited laboratories which verify its capabilities and is specified by contractors, engineers and architects across the country for use in major regeneration schemes

Car parking and wifi will be available free of charge on both days, with complimentary refreshments and lunch available. Attendees will also have access to 10 hours of free CPD certified seminars over the show’s duration.

The show opens from 9.30am – 4.30pm on Wednesday 2nd and 9.30 -3.30pm on Thursday 3rd. For further information on the show please visit 

UltraTile and the Chocolate Themed Hotel

Hotel Indigo opened in York last year and all tiled areas in this boutique hotel were installed using UltraTile adhesives.

The Great Northern Tiling Company (GNTC) were awarded the supply and fit package for this boutique hotel situated near The Shambles – one of the oldest streets in York in the heart of the Walmgate neighbourhood. The inspiration for the hotel’s design reflects the rich chocolate heritage of Rowntree, Terry’s of York and the city’s stonework.

The project included 2500m² of wall and floor tiling to all 101 bedroom ensuites, as well as the fixing of encaustic tiles to the kitchen, bar and WCs floors. Finally a showstopper application of diamond shaped tiles were laid in a geometric pattern to the reception floor.

The GNTC used UltraTile Prime IT FP primer, ready mixed adhesive ProGrip HG and cementitious adhesives ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES to complete the tiling works throughout the hotel.

UltraTile Prime IT FP is used to stabilise background substrates, reducing their porosity, and also as an additive that will enhance adhesive performance. This product is available in 2.5ltr bottles.

UltraTile ProGrip HG is a high grab, non-slip acrylic wall tile adhesive. This product is ideal for use with ceramic wall tiles and also with porcelain mosaics, glass and natural stone all without the need to prime first. It can be used in showers and commercial kitchens covering up to 6m² per 15kg tub. Grouting can take place after 24 hours.

UltraTile ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES were used to fix all floor tiles in the hotel including porcelain and encaustic. ProFlex SP+ES has a pot life of 2 hours and is therefore ideal for heavy tiles or intricate tiling work making it perfect for creating the reception’s geometric pattern! Formulated to achieve the significant S1 classification, it is ideal for use with underfloor heating and  timber floors. The adhesive is available in 20kg white or grey bags and can be applied at bed depths of up 20mm.

The client was ecstatic with the final result, also stating the project was managed well within the timeframe. This successful project was also recognised by The Tile Association and shortlisted for an award at their recent ceremony. The visually stunning finish has caught the eye of many guests that have passed through the hotel doors since its grand opening.

If you would like any more information, please call 01827 254402 or email

A Good Sign!

Post Fix from UltraCrete is a rapid hardening post fix concrete that combines strength with durability to significantly reduce the likelihood of damage due to movement at the point of fixing.

Post Fix is formulated for sub-surface use for the fast and efficient installation of posts, signs, fences, telephone and electricity poles, street lighting columns, street furniture, speed cameras and roadside barriers – a truly versatile product with maximum installation potential.

Simply mixed with approximately 2.5 litres of water, Post Fix produces a hard wearing and durable concrete with a whole string of benefits:

  • Eliminates 2nd visits and traffic management
  • Economical
  • Provides a consistent mix unlike dry alternatives
  • Effective in vandalism prone areas
  • Sets in just 15 minutes
  • A workability of 5-10 minutes
  • Professional grade

Post Fix is approved for use on the London Underground and is available in contractor friendly 25kg bags, which offer consistency quality and are ideal in site areas with limited access.

For further information on UltraCrete’s Post Fix, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at