UltraCrete Supporting National Pothole Day

UltraCrete, the home of highways maintenance solutions, has teamed up with StreetRepairs.co.uk to help promote its third annual National Pothole Day on 16th January 2017.

National Pothole Day was established in 2015 by StreetRepairs.co.uk, a website which encourages road users to report road damage direct to their local council, and forms part of an awareness campaign to rid Britain’s roads of the pothole blight.

The site is widely endorsed by politicians and industry experts such as the RAC and Halfords and UltraCrete is proud to provide support to help highlight this growing issue.

Mark Morrell, PR Officer for StreetRepairs.co.uk says “This is the perfect opportunity for the general public to showcase what their roads and communities are really like. We would like as many people as possible to join our campaign by highlighting local issues quickly and easily.”

Potholes form when rainwater gathers in cracks in the road surface. When they freeze, they expand, effectively forcing the road open. The more this process is repeated, the larger the hole becomes.  With temperatures expected to plummet bringing freezing conditions across Britain the problem is only going to get worse.

It is more important than ever to ensure that the materials used to repair our damaged roads are in fact proven and durable and the only real way of eliminating repeat visits and repair failures is to use materials and systems that are HAPAS approved.

UltraCrete has been investing in such solutions for over 40 years. Their cold lay asphalt products are HAPAS approved and ensure a quality, durable repair, eliminating return visits, traffic management and lane rental charges.

UltraCrete’s cold lay asphalt materials can be used in all weathers, so work doesn’t have to stop because the cold weather has arrived. They have been specially formulated to ensure strong flexibility and guarantee the best product performance.  Their versatility allows for a rapid repair thus helping to maintain a safer road. They won’t disintegrate, so until such a time arises for a full resurface, the patch work will remain intact.

The local road network makes up around 98% of the road network in England and Wales with an asset value in excess of £400bn however, less than 0.01% is spent on annual maintenance.  Source Asphalt Industry Alliance.

By partnering StreetRepairs.co.uk UltraCrete hopes to highlight the shortfall in road maintenance budgets and by working with local authorities help rid Britain’s roads of potholes.

Find out more about National Pothole Day at streetrepairs.co.uk or follow @StreetRepairs

UltraScape Helps to Deliver New Gateway to Wales’ Capital

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system is playing a major role in helping to transform Cardiff’s Central Square.

The £400 million regeneration of one million sq ft of new office, residential and leisure space around Cardiff Central Railway Station in the centre of the city is well underway, and will create 10,000 new jobs.

At the heart of the development is the new 150,000 sq ft BBC Wales headquarters which will be a huge investment boost for the city.  Civil Engineers, Horan Construction, have completed work outside one of the office buildings using UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete, Flowpoint rapid setting grout and Pro-Prime slurry primer. This included the installation of Chinese granite setts and the construction of steps leading up to the front entrance.

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Flowpoint rapid set grout is 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 and can be opened to pedestrians in just 1 hour and vehicular traffic after only 4 hours, minimising disruption.

UltraScape Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base for the setts. 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. 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.

Later phases of the project will include more commercial space and residential buildings as well as a new £11m integrated transport hub to replace Cardiff’s existing bus station. The redevelopment will transform the square into one of the most modern business developments in the UK.

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

A RIBA accredited CPD, ‘Paving the Way’ is available from UltraScape, to book please email cpd@instarmac.co.uk