Want to achieve perfect paving every time?

Visit the UltraScape team at Specifi Landscape held at Crypt on the Green in London on 21st February 2018. Specifi Landscape is the ideal event for architects, designers and specifiers involved in all aspects of landscaping to connect face-to-face with over 100 fellow professionals.

The event includes entry to the Specifi TH!NK TANK where topics including green infrastructure will be discussed, the chance to connect and network with the industry’s leading suppliers and experts, plus the opportunity to hear Claire Thirlwall, chartered landscape architect at Thirlwall Associates give a talk on ‘Landscapers, the unsung heroes’. The event concludes at 8.45pm with a relaxed dinner, which is free for all attendees.

Visitors to the UltraScape stand will discover a range of bedding, priming and jointing materials that meet and exceed the strict demands of British Standard 7533. UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System includes Pro-Bed HS ECO fine bedding mortar and Flowpoint ECO rapid set flowable grout, both of which contain 20% recycled material. The addition of recycled material significantly reduces the consumption of virgin aggregates – an important feature for any projects aspiring to achieve a CEEQUAL award or those looking to improve their BREEAM rating.

These premium products have been specified by contractors, engineers and architects for an ever-expanding portfolio of major schemes across the UK and around the world.

UltraScape is an approved CPD provider to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Institute of Architects (RIAI). ‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533’ CPD seminar can be delivered at their state-of-the-art premises in Tamworth, on location or online, and covers topics such as an introduction to BS 7533 and the types of problems which arise when not adhering to this standard. Visit the UltraScape stand to book your CPD.

Specifi Landscape is a free event. You can register for tickets by visiting www.specifi.co.uk.

For further information on UltraScape’s BS 7533 Mortar Paving System please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Report finds UK’s aggregate reserves are dangerously low

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) have once again, raised concerns over the country’s shrinking aggregate reserves in their Annual Mineral Planning Survey Report (AMPS 2017).

Based on information provided by MPA members, AMPS 2017 revealed that whilst sales of sand and gravel increased by 2.5% and crushed rock by 5.3%, reserves have remained worryingly low. Sand and gravel has reserves of just 60% and alarmingly only 6% of crushed rock sales were replaced during 2016.

These worrying statistics confirm that the demand for raw materials continues to far outweigh any new reserves, which in turn, raises an important question for the industry – what can we do to help? One solution is to reduce the use of virgin aggregates by using a soil stabiliser.

UltraCrete Perma-Soil is a sol stabiliser which turns excavated spoil into usable backfill within minutes. This not only eliminates the need for virgin aggregates, and therefore lessens the pressure on the country’s natural reserves but also eradicates all the costs associated with hauling away spoil.

Ideal for small utility repairs, such as backfilling poles, water metres and water tobies, Perma-Soil is available in 25kg and 12.5kg units – the perfect size for most utility excavations – and is A9 Approved, which proves its use across the entire UK network.

Furthermore, Perma-Soil vastly reduces the amount of materials that would traditionally be sent to landfill – a fundamental requirement set out in the Utility WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) Agreement. Find out more about Perma-Soil’s environmental capabilities.

The benefits of using Perma-Soil soil stabiliser are easy to see. For further information on Perma-Soil and how you can reduce the use of virgin aggregates, please contact UltraCrete’s team of Technical experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Source: Aggregate Business and Mineral Products Association

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How can NBS Plus benefit me?

As a manufacturer of premium bedding, priming and jointing materials, developing long lasting relationships with architects and contractors is of key importance. Architects need to trust in the products they are specifying and to understand how they are best applied and used. 

For many years, UltraScape has worked in partnership with contractors, designers and architects to create exceptional projects across the UK and worldwide. UltraScape recognises  the importance of these relationships and by understanding architect requirements, they can tailor products, services and training accordingly.

With this in mind, architects are able to find a selection of UltraScape products on the RIBA Product Selector. This industry-leading online resource allows users to research and select construction products and service information for all types of building design projects.

The RIBA Product Selector works in conjunction with NBS Plus – a library of technical product information, written in NBS format and linked to specific clauses within the market-leading NBS specification software.

By using NBS Plus, you can specify products quickly and accurately with just one click, importing the relevant information directly into your specification – a handy feature which will not only save you a huge amount of time but makes your job so much simpler.

UltraScape’s range of BS 7533 compliant bedding, priming and jointing materials are all available in NBS Plus.

Pro-Bed HS is a fine bedding mortar manufactured to meet and exceed the strict requirements of British Standard 7533. Designed for depths from 10mm – 75mm, Pro-Bed HS is available in 3 different sizes – the perfect amount of material for all project sizes – and can be opened up to foot traffic in just 12 hours.

Formulated to provide an exceptional bond between Pro-Bed HS and your paving element, Pro-Prime slurry primer eliminates costly failures caused by general wear and wear and heavy load bearing.

Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout has been used in a variety of environments for over 20 years. Available in 3 varieties, including Original, ECO and Smooth, Flowpoint rapid set flowable grout is synonymous with fast application, cost effective and robust jointing. Open to foot traffic in just 1 hour, Flowpoint is available in 2 stylish colours and is ideal for use on large scale projects.

Completing UltraScape’s NBS Plus listing is Paving Guard, a versatile solution for joint protection in both commercial and public realm projects. Available in a 25 litre container, Paving Guard is solvent free, protects paving from staining and limits chewing gum adhesion for easier cleaning.

UltraScape is not the only Instarmac brand available on NBS Plus. Their highway maintenance, tiling and flooring materials are also available for specification through NBS Plus. View the complete list of registered products.

For more information on how you can benefit from using NBS Plus and UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System, please contact their sales team by email or by calling 01827 254402.

UltraFloor supports NHS specialist accommodation

Valued UltraFloor customer, G J Flooring Specialists Ltd., have used Suppress IT and Level IT Two to complete a 1,000m² subfloor preparation project at a specialist accommodation project in Blackburn.

The NHS facility has been built to provide accommodation for young adults with disabilities in Blackburn. The £900,000 project included 12 one-bedroom apartments, a quiet room and sensory room and enables young adults to live independently with support.

Before work began on the new building, UltraFloor’s Technical Field Support and Training Manager, Alan Collins, visited Apple Street to carry out a detailed site specification. This invaluable service is just one of many available from UltraFloor. Find out more about UltraFloor’s Site Support Team and their other offerings.

In order to recommend the correct materials for the project, a Hygrometer was used to measure the moisture in the concrete substrate. After 72 hours, the readings were between 80% and 85%RH, and because the project needed to be completed within 6 weeks, a moisture suppressant was recommended to reduce the moisture reading to 75% to allow Level IT Two to be laid.

Designed to suppress residual construction moisture – allowing the earlier installation of floor coverings – Suppress IT is a ready to use single component rapid drying moisture suppressant primer membrane. Applied in two coats, Suppress IT provides up to 95% RH protection, removes the need to prime and is available in a resealable 5 litre bottle so you can pop the lid back on and use the rest another day. Not only that, Suppress IT is pigmented orange so you can see exactly where you have applied it.

As soon as the second coat of Suppress IT had dried, Level IT Two high flow smoothing underlayment was applied by trowel to the substrate. There are many reasons why Level IT Two has become UltraFloor’s most popular floor leveller. Its exceptional flow characteristics make it a very easy material to apply to a variety of subfloors in both commercial and domestic flooring projects and due to its low odour formulation it is equally suited to confined areas proving particularly popular in the education, health and hospitality sectors.

With a set time of 2.5 hours, Level IT Two can receive bonded floor coverings after just 12 hours, making this an ideal floor leveller for projects with a tight deadline, such as this one.

What’s more, because Level IT Two is available as a two component system, it takes the guesswork out of mixing, reducing site errors and guaranteeing a perfect application every time.

Watch an application video of Level IT Two.

For further information on Suppress IT, Level IT Two and the other materials that make up UltraFloor’s range of subfloor preparation materials, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Manufacture your own pothole repair solution!

Come along and join Instarmac International at the second PPR Summit – the number one summit for pavement preservation and recycling.

Visit Instarmac International at the Palais des Congrès in Nice Acropolis where they will be showcasing world renowned UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and their independently tested and approved Manhole Installation System.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is the number one solution for first time permanent pothole repairs. Suitable for use in all weathers and climates – it even provides a permanent repair in freezing temperatures and wet conditions – this cold lay asphalt is certainly revolutionising traditional road repair methods.

Suitable for use in heavily trafficked environments, such as congested city centres and highways, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been independently tested and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time permanent pothole repairs, even in areas of turning and braking.

Experts will be on hand each day to offer advice and to present the benefits of manufacturing this innovative pothole repair in your own territory by becoming an Instarmac Licensee.

Becoming an Instarmac Licensee allows you to manufacture a truly global and innovative product in your own country. You will benefit from a protected territory and will receive technical, commercial and marketing support to help promote your latest business venture.

You can find out more information on Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity by visiting Instarmac’s International Sales Manager, Angus Longward, at PPRS. To pre-arrange your meeting with Angus, please contact him by email or by calling +44 (0) 7855 268154.

Not sure becoming a licensee is for you? Instarmac International are also seeking innovative distributors to build a successful business selling their proven, durable and quality products and systems. To find out more, please visit instarmacinternational.com.

Visitors to Instarmac’s stand will also discover their independently tested and approved Manhole Installation System. Made up of high performance bedding mortars, high strength backfill concretes, surface finishes and overbanding to prolong the life of your repair, UltraCrete’s Manhole Installation System is the number 1 choice for utility companies and municipalities worldwide.

PPRS will be held at the Palais des Congrès from 26th – 28th March 2018. To register for tickets, please visit www.pprs2018.com.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

A visit to Intertraffic could provide your next business opportunity!

Visit Instarmac International at Intertraffic Amsterdam and discover the world’s number one pothole repair product – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair®.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is a first time permanent repair which has been continuously developed over the past 40 years and used all around  the world with excellent results. It is being used on a daily basis in all climates across each continent, 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 – a pothole repair like this is always needed, no matter the time of year or climate.

Applied in 3 easy steps, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for environments where delays and disruption are not an option! This innovative material conforms to rigorous European Testing, 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, even in areas of turning and braking.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is available for you to manufacture under license. Instarmac Group plc is a UK company who are behind its enormous success. With licensees worldwide already manufacturing 3 million units of this technology every years, this is an unmissable opportunity to build a profitable business.

Becoming an Instarmac Licensee allows you to manufacture a truly global and innovative product in your own country. You will benefit from a protected territory and will receive technical, commercial and marketing support to help you promote your latest business venture.

You can find out more information on Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity by visiting their experienced professionals at Intertraffic Amsterdam on stand 05.436.

Visitors to Instarmac’s stand will also discover their independently tested and approved Manhole Installation System. Made up of high performance bedding mortars, high strength backfill concretes, surface finishes and overbanding to prolong the life of your repair, UltraCrete’s Manhole Installation System is the number 1 choice for utility companies and municipalities worldwide.

Intertraffic Amsterdam will be held at RAI Amsterdam from Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd March 2018. To register for free tickets, please visit www.intertraffic.com/Amsterdam by 12th March.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® and Instarmac’s exclusive licensing opportunity, please contact  their team of experts by emailing international@instarmac.com or by calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

The Dynamic Duo

Drywall systems require drylining to prepare the surface prior to decorating and involves filling, taping and finishing joints between plasterboards. prem filler and prem finish, known as The Dynamic Duo, provide cost-effective and time-efficient solutions.

Looking for a reliable product for bedding and filling tapes? prem filler plasterboard joint filler is the perfect product for you. This plaster-based compound has been developed to provide the strength that’s needed when bedding tapes on external corners.

Available in contractor friendly 12.5kg bags, prem filler boasts a working time of 60-90 minutes – enough time for you to complete the task at hand – and is fast setting for early sanding allowing you to move on to your next project quickly.

prem filler’s perfect partner is prem finish plasterboard finishing compound. Suitable for the finishing of all plasterboard joints, prem filler is  easy to apply and provides a seamless feathered finish for easy and professional over painting.

The advanced formula of prem filler and prem finish ensures both products have excellent workability and dry smooth for effortless sanding – elbow grease definitely isn’t required here! What’s more, both products have minimal or no shrinkage so you can be assured that once the material is in, it won’t crack or come out.

Did you know the Wondertex Drylining range also includes three specialist tapes? They have tapes for creating robust corner joints, reinforcing joints and angles and for plasterboard crack and hole repairs.

prem fill and prem finish are the ideal products for all Drylining projects. For further information on Wondertex’s Dynamic Duo, their specialist tapes and the other materials in their internal finishing range, please email wondertex@instarmac.co.uk.

Eliminate your waste to landfill

In 2005, it was estimated that the Utility sector generates approximately 4.8 million tonnes of excavation waste, over half of which is sent to landfill. Just 5 years later, The Independent reported that in less than 10 years, Britain would run out of landfill sites – a date  that is getting closer and closer.

With these alarming statistics in mind, WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) developed the Utility Contractor Agreement, an initiative which aims to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020.

Whether you are a utility company, contractor, local authority or manufacturer, we all have a role to play in reducing the environmental impact of trench excavations and UltraCrete Perma-Soil has been developed to do just that!

Ideal for small utility repairs, Perma-Soil is a soil stabiliser which turns excavated spoil into usable backfill within minutes, eliminating the need for virgin aggregates and vastly reducing the amount of materials that would traditionally be sent to landfill – a fundamental requirement set out in the Utility WRAP Agreement.

It goes without saying that the impact Perma-Soil has on reducing waste to landfill is significant, but let’s not forget the cost savings Perma-Soil can provide too!

Since Perma-Soil eliminates the need to haul away spoil, all the associated costs, such as purchasing expensive backfill material, running extra vehicles and disposing of spoil, are all eradicated.

What’s more, downtime is significantly reduced as contractors no longer need to wait for spoil to be removed from the repair site and Type 1 stone to be delivered, meaning repairs can be carried out a faster rate allowing contractors to move on to another project quickly resulting in increased productivity.

Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what some of the UK’s leading Utility Companies had to say about Perma-Soil.

“Kier are always looking to reduce their carbon foot print, help the environment and save money at the same time. Perma-Soil fits perfectly into this category as it reduces the amount of waste to go to landfill, this saves us money and time.” Steve Pound, General Foreman, Kier.

“Northern Powergrid have used Perma-Soil as a ground stabilising material for over 20 years. We feel it’s a cost effective solution saving us time and money returning to wood poles that may have otherwise become unstable in strong and wind conditions.” Steve Salkeld, Northern Powergrid.

“Perma-Soil has helped us to reduce our environmental impact. We have fewer vehicles on site, we send less waste to landfill and have realised significant cost savings because of this.” Wayne Gardiner, Complete Utilities.

Quick and easy to use in-situ, Perma-Soil is A9 approved and is available in 25kg and 12.5kg units – the perfect size for most utility excavations. For further information on Perma-Soil and any of the other highway maintenance materials available from UltraCrete, please contact their team of experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

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A guide to cold weather working

At Instarmac, it’s our priority to ensure that you always have the information and support that you need to help you make the best use of our products. Cold weather and freezing temperatures can have an effect on storage, handling and the preparation of construction materials. Keep reading for some handy cold weather working tips to ensure an uninterrupted workflow over the next few months.

The industry advises that cement based products should only be used in temperatures of 5°C and rising. This is to prevent the water in the cement from freezing before the product has had chance to cure, causing potential failures once it has thawed out – it is better to take precautions before any work is carried out rather than having to visit the site again to carry out further repair work.

UltraCrete Cementitious Bedding Mortars

All cementitious products are effected by temperature, particularly standard set products. The cooler it is, the slower the setting time. So in the winter months, why not upgrade to a higher performing mortar that are less affected by low temperatures? We provide a number of different grades and our Technical Team are always available to advise you on the best material for your project.

UltraCrete Cold Lay Asphalts

We manufacture all our cold asphalts on a ‘just in time basis’ to provide you with the freshest material every time. However, during the colder months, you may experience a slight firming of the product. This is very easily remedied by applying slight pressure to the side of the bag, which will restore the material to its normal consistency. UltraCrete’s range of world renowned cold lay asphalts have been used all around the world in varying temperatures. Find out more.

UltraScape Cementitious Mortars

UltraScape bedding mortars can be affected by low temperatures, however, if the following conditions are met, they can be used in temperatures below 5°C.

  • The ground to be laid upon is not frozen
  • The temperature is 2°C and rising
  • The products are protected from frost

Cement Based Tile Adhesives and Levelling Compounds

You may be surprised to hear, that even when used internally, cementitious tile adhesives and levelling compounds can be affected by colder temperatures resulting in extended working times.

When using cement based tile adhesives and levelling compounds, we recommend a minimum air temperature of 5°C. Where conditions fall below this temperature, it is common place, and advisable to use room heaters to raise and maintain air and substrate temperatures whilst work is progressed and until products cured. If using a heater, it is important to direct the heat into the air and not directly at the freshly applied material.

It is important to protect all cement-based products from wind, rain and moisture by storing them in dry, frost-free conditions. We recommend that you cover all products with a waterproof sheet and stack any bags or buckets on a pallet to prevent them coming in to contact with cold or damp floors.

For further clarification on any of the hints mentioned above, or for information on how to use a specific product during the winter months, please contact our team of Technical experts by email or by calling 01827 254402.

Download a free copy of Instarmac’s Guide to Cold Weather Working.

Learn in your own time with UltraScape’s NEW online CPD

UltraScape’s RIBA Approved CPD ‘Paving the Way’ has been educating the industry on the benefits of using BS 7533 compliant materials for over 10 years. The needs of the industry have changed dramatically over the last 10 years and with our lives being busier than ever, it was important to UltraScape to develop their CPD offering to make learning even easier.

With this in mind, UltraScape are delighted to announce their latest CPD offering – a free RIBA Approved online CPD.

Ideal for the busy professional that needs to stay ahead, their new online CPD allows you to learn in your own time and at your own pace and because it can be accessed from any device, you can even learn during your daily commute.

‘Paving the Way: The Benefits of BS 7533: Reducing the risk of costly failure in the public realm’ covers a number of interesting topics including:

  • Urban regeneration
  • British Standard 7533
  • Rigid and flexible pavement construction
  • Reasons for pavement failure
  • How to avoid pavement failure
  • Material performance
  • Material application

Don’t delay, complete your RIBA Approved online CPD today!

UltraScape have created a package of options so that you can complete your CPD using the most convenient method for your needs. Their offering includes a ‘Traditional’ CPD which can be hosted on-site or at UltraScape’s state-of-the-art facilities in Tamworth and includes 1 hour core curriculum CPD and complimentary lunch.

Why not make a day of it and book their ‘Explore Our Factory: Full’ CPD which includes 1 hour core curriculum CPD, lunch, factory tour and product demonstration session – have a go yourself!

If you have already completed UltraScape’s RIBA Approved CPD and would like to refresh your knowledge, why not take advantage of their Bitesize Download CPD article?

Find the perfect CPD package for you.

To find out more about UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant Mortar Paving System, or to book your CPD, please contact their team of Technical experts by emailing ultrascape@instarmac.co.uk or calling 01827 254402.