UltraScape is just the Ticket for Busy Auckland Bus Lane

Instarmac’s New Zealand partner, Horizon International Paving, have supplied UltraScape Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint to install and grout granite setts on a busy bus lane in Auckland.

The bus lane, situated on Alfred Street, connects two parts of Auckland University and is constantly subjected to high volumes of traffic from buses and pedestrians. It was therefore essential that the materials chosen to bed and grout the paving could withstand this heavy trafficking.

Horizon International Paving supplied the chosen contractor, Peter Robinson Contracting, with UltraScape Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint, manufactured by the world renowned Instarmac Group plc. UltraScape Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint were chosen for this project thanks to their fast setting properties and proven compliance to British Standard 7533.

Part of UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, Pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar which can be laid from depths of 10mm – 75mm in one pass. What’s more, the extremely fast strength gain of Pro-Bed HS means that pedestrian areas can be trafficked in as little as 12 hours.

Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout exceeds all the requirements of the latest British Standard and is synonymous with fast, cost effective, robust jointing. Ideal for large-scale projects, Flowpoint is suitable for a variety of stone including the 100 x 100 x 60mm granite setts used on this project.

The rapid setting nature of this product allows paving grouted with Flowpoint to be opened to foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicular traffic in just 4 hours – ideal for projects where it’s essential that downtime and disruption are kept minimal, such as this one.

Both Pro-Bed HS and Flowpoint have been used all around the world for over 20 years. Recent projects include MBR City, City Walk and Opera House in Dubai, Tallinn Old Town in Estonia, Roxy Cinema in New Zealand and Birmingham Bullring Shopping Centre and MediaCity, home of the BBC, in the UK.

For more information on Pro-Bed HS, Flowpoint and the other products available in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please email instarmacinternational@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

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Exceptional Strength under Extreme Stress

UltraScape Resi-Bed is a two-part high strength epoxy resin mortar and primer system, especially suitable for bedding granite setts, paving elements up to recess covers, tree grids and coping stones, as well as concrete repair for areas subject to heavy wear and tear.

Resi-Bed is entirely waterproof and chemical resistant once cured, making it ideal for use in water features. It has exceptionally high bond strength and the ability to withstand higher flexural strain than traditional sand and cement mortars.

Recessed manhole covers have long been a source of frustration for designers, contractors and maintenance managers alike. Sand and cement mortars have difficulty resisting the inherent ‘flex’ of the cover itself. Resi-Bed offers a lasting solution which overcomes the issues.

The product contains a blend of specialist sands and fine fillers that provide exceptional strength, bond and chemical resistance, which makes it ideal for pavement edge details, vehicle ramps and pedestrian crossings. UltraScape Resi-Bed accommodates depths from 5mm-50mm.

For further information on UltraScape Resi-Bed please contact us on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk.

Don’t Cut Corners!

Typically, around £200 million is spent on replacing or reinstating ironwork each year.

As traffic speed and volume increases, the solutions and methods used to install and maintain street ironwork need to evolve in order to provide a resilient and reliable network.

There are many causes of Ironwork Failure:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Incorrect product selection
  • Support system failure
  • Bedding mortar failure
  • ‘Quick fix’ solutions

So how can you avoid this?

By specifying the correct products such as those with HAPAS approval and ensuring operatives are fully trained, utility companies can be assured that repairs will last.

The Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme (HAPAS) was developed to offer clear, consisted and tested methods for products and systems designed for use in the highways industry and provides local authorities and contractors with a definite guide to highway maintenance.

The HAPAS scheme sets out technical and practical guidelines  that help to minimise potential workmanship issues and in doing so, assures against costly repeat visits and ensures longevity.

In the case of a HAPAS Approved manhole reinstatement system, the components’ compressive, tensile and flexural strengths, amongst other properties, are tested. The scheme also ensures the materials are installed using the correct application method.

HAPAS approved products offer the following benefits:

Reduces whole life costs – HAPAS approved products are unlikely to fail if they are installed correctly, so expensive revisits are vastly reduced.

Helps protect professional indemnity insurance – Using HAPAS approved products will vastly reduce any claims.

Reduces personal injury claims – HAPAS approved products are less likely to pose a risk to the road user because of their sound, proven quality.

Trusted by the construction industry – Independent testing by bodies such as the BBA is a sign of credibility.

Exceeds a 5 year service life – The UltraCrete system was the first and only HAPAS approved ironwork installation method, resulting in a first time permanent repair with a life expectancy of a minimum of 5 years once in service.

Minimises split liability – Using incompatible products will likely result in failure. Using a trusted system like UltraCrete’s will last.

Furthermore, all of UltraCrete’s materials are tested in conjunction with each other to ensure compatibility. This is extremely important when specifying a full HAPAS system which includes bedding, backfilling, sealing and surfacing materials.

For further information on the HAPAS approved system from UltraCrete, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk.


A charge of up to £2,000 a day for roadworks!

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for councils to be given the power to introduce lane rental schemes. The LGA who represent authorities across England and Wales want to see a reduction in traffic disruption. These schemes could see firms paying up to £2,000 per day for the work they do on the busiest roads at peak periods.

The charge would be imposed on utility companies such as gas, water and cable providers who would be charged a daily rate for work to be carried out. It is thought this will give companies an added incentive to finish faster and also discourage ‘shoddy’ workmanship with substandard materials which would lead to future visits.

So, do lane rental schemes work?

Currently, Transport for London and Kent Country Council are the only authorities who have the approval to run lane rental schemes.

A study into London’s Lane Rental Scheme shows that since its introduction in 2012 the amount of serious and severe disruption caused by planned roadworks has been cut by 46% on the capital’s busiest roads, reducing delays for all road users.

How can you minimise your time on the road?

By specifying and using the correct HAPAS approved reinstatement products you can ensure a permanent repair and also reduce your time on the road.

UltraCrete products from Instarmac offer a range of high performance, rapid setting bedding mortars for the reinstatement and installation of all types of ironwork, access covers and frames. Envirobed HA104® and Envirobed HA104® Flowable provide superior compressive and tensile strength and can be open to traffic in 1 hour!

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair 6mm and 10mm does exactly what is claims by providing a first time permanent repair which is instantly trafficable and can be applied in all weathers.

All the main utility companies are also now signed up to the use of rapid drying materials like those offered by UltraCrete, considerably reducing the amount of time required to reopen roads and helping to save approximately 2,700 days of disruption across London.

For further information on either Envirobed products or our renowned Instant Road Repair, please call us now on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email us at ultracrete@instarmac.co.uk.