Shopper’s paradise created with Flowpoint after devastating earthquake

Flowpoint, part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving System, has been used to install a vehicle laneway at BNZ Retail Precinct – Christchurch’s latest shopping experience.

Located in the heart of the CBD in New Zealand, BNZ Retail Precinct is the first permanent shopping centre to open since the devastating 2011 earthquake. Created in two stages, the BNZ Centre features six-storey and five-storey buildings, each including their own mezzanine car park.

Over 47,000m² in size, the whole complex centres around a 1,000m² courtyard which provides an attractive, sheltered and sunny spot for visitors to enjoy.

Part of the development at The BNZ Centre included the installation of a vehicle laneway. Landscape Architects, Beca Christchurch, required a stylish and aesthetically pleasing grout which would be able to withstand the constant and heavy trafficking of the laneway.

Flowpoint, supplied by Instarmac’s partner in New Zealand, Horizon International, was used by Leighs Construction to install the Granite and Bluestone Paving on the busy vehicle laneway.

Part of the UltraScape Mortar Paving System, Flowpoint has been independently tested to British Standard 7533 and has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish which will not crack or stain – even in temperatures as high as 50°C.

Flowpoint is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. The flowable properties of Flowpoint mean it is equally suited to grouting small cobbles as it is large tiles – ideal for projects where a combination of paving stones will be used.

What’s more, Flowpoint can be walked over in 1 hour and driven over in just 4 hours, which makes it the perfect grout for projects where minimal disruption and early trafficking are essential.

Flowpoint is available in 3 varieties including ECO and Smooth and 2 colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey, providing a stylish yet durable finish for every type of project.

BNZ Retail Precinct is the latest in a long line of prestigious projects for Flowpoint. UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System has been specified and used at Tallinn Old Town in Estonia, MBR City, City Walk and Opera House in Dubai, Roxy Cinema in Wellington and MediaCity, Savoy Hotel and the Bullring Shopping Centre in the YK.

Flowpoint is available throughout New Zealand through Horizon International. To contact Horizon International please visit

For more information on Flowpoint and the other materials that make up UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System please contact Instarmac’s team of technical experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Stavanger: 5 Years Later

In Autumn 2012, Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout was used to install a new roundabout and pedestrian crossing in Stavanger, and following a recent visit to the same site, Instarmac are pleased to announce the paving still looks as good as the day it was finished.

A previous European Capital of Culture Winner, Stavanger, is a small and intimate city located on the south western coast of Norway. Over recent years, this beautiful town has seen a huge influx of tourists and has become one of Europe’s fastest growing ports of call for cruise ships. The increase in motorists and additional tourists all added to the extra traffic load of Stavanger’s notoriously narrow roads.

To ease congestion and to make travelling around the town safer for pedestrians, the local municipality installed an extra roundabout and pedestrian crossing and used Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout to install the paving.

5 years later, Instarmac’s Norwegian partner Betomur AS, re-visited the roundabout and crossing and are pleased to announce that both areas show no signs of deterioration and have remained as good as the day they were installed – proving that UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System really is built to last.

Independently tested and approved, Flowpoint is proven to be compliant to British Standard 7533. This standard confirms Flowpoint has a minimum construction life 40 years and guarantees its performance in areas of heavy traffic, turning and braking – a key feature for any areas of paving where vehicles will travel over it.

Available in 2 colours – Natural Grey and Charcoal – and in 3 varieties including Smooth and ECO, Flowpoint is a flowable grout which allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. Supplied in 25kg bags, Flowpoint can be used to grout joints from 3mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application – ideal for applications where a number of different sized stones will be used or on uneven areas, such as this project.

What’s more, Flowpoint can receive foot traffic in 1 hour and vehicle traffic in 4 hours keeping disruption to motorists and pedestrians to a minimum and allows contractors to move on to their next project quickly.

Flowpoint is available throughout Norway via Betomur AS. To contact Betomur please call +47 55 59 44 50 or visit

For more information on Flowpoint and the other materials that make up UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System please contact Instarmac’s team of experts by emailing or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Recent snowfall spells trouble for UK road network

The latest news reports have been flooded with beautiful snow covered landscapes and images of families sledging and building snowmen, and then the snow arrived over the weekend a huge sigh of relief could be heard across the country, as we didn’t have to face the dreaded Monday morning commute in icy conditions.

However, when Monday morning arrived the disruption the snow brought was obvious. A number of flights were cancelled, hundreds of schools were closed and motorists were stuck for hours on some of the country’s busiest motorways.

Now the snow has started to melt, and our daily routine has returned to normal, we are beginning to see the damage the freezing temperatures have had on our road network.

The cold, and now wet weather, has further damaged an already vulnerable road network, posing a growing safety risk to the motorists who use it and with cuts to local council’s budgets a permanent solution to the UK’s pothole crisis has never been needed more.

Get it right first time with UltraCrete first time permanent patching materials.

The range includes  3mm, 6mm and 10mm cold lay asphalts plus Tough Patch® Rapid hybrid pothole repair solution. Each product is instantly trafficable allowing for roads to be opened up quickly causing minimal disruption to motorists. They can each be used in all weathers – including freezing temperatures – and don’t require any cooling time.

Suitable for repairing asphalt in a variety of environments, including driveways, pavements, cycle paths and heavily trafficked roads, UltraCrete’s range of patching materials provide a first time permanent repair every single time.

For a more durable repair in wet conditions, why not try Permanent Pothole Repair Wet?

For more information on UltraCrete’s range of first time permanent patching materials please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

UltraCrete have some great tips on how to get the most from your products during the colder months. Download a free copy of their Guide to Cold Weather Working.

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UltraCrete helps the UK stay safe

In light of recent terrorist events across the UK, concerns surrounding public safety have never been more important. Security measures have become increasingly visible with major cities, such as London and Birmingham, installing safety bollards in busy pedestrianised areas and at popular public events, such as the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.

High security products, such as road blockers, bollards and barrier systems all require the support of durable installation materials. UltraCrete’s Post, Bollard and Sign Installation range offer both short and long-term solutions for a range of applications.

For backfilling and surface repairs around impact tested, high security bollards and crash tested barrier systems, UltraCrete recommends the use of a fibre reinforced concrete such as QC10 F rapid set flowable concrete.

Are you backfilling around fixed telescopic bollards, surveillance cameras or lighting? For a first time permanent installation use UltraCrete QC10 rapid strength concrete.

PY5 flowable polyester resin system has been formulated for backfilling high specification installations such as temporary or permanent speed ramps and for filling holes when ramps have been removed.

Also available is a high precision grout for installing dowel bars and safety railings and a 10mm grade rapid hardening concrete formulated for the fast installation of posts and signs.

Available in contractor friendly 25kg units, each product can be trafficked within 24 hours, with some open to traffic in as little as 40 minutes, enabling security measures to be installed quickly and effectively.

Every product in the range provides a first time permanent repair so you can be assured that once the installation is complete, the area won’t crack and break out, guaranteeing your safety measures stay in place to help keep the public safe – it also eliminates costly repeat visits to site.

UltraCrete has been providing concrete repair solutions for planned and reactive repairs for over 40 years. For further information on their Post, Bollard and Sign Installation materials and the other materials available in their highway maintenance range, please contact their team of  Technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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Christmas opening hours

Christmas Opening Hours

During the Christmas period, we will be open on the following days:

  • Friday 22nd December
  • Wednesday 27th December
  • Thursday 28th December
  • Friday 29th December
  • Tuesday 2nd January 2018

We will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday 25th December
  • Tuesday 26th December
  • Monday 1st January

We will resume normal business hours (8.00am – 5.30pm) from Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.