UltraScape specified for luxury residential development in Dubai

Instarmac International’s partner in the United Arab Emirates, Tanseeq LLC, have supplied UltraScape’s flowpoint grout, as part of a luxurious residential and retail development in Dar Wasl, Dubai.

Conceived as a tribute to Dubai, Dar Wasl stands apart by blending historical Andalusian architecture with modern conveniences, and consists of a collection of boutique-style shops set at ground level within the picturesque residential development of Wasl Square. There is a range of retail outlets, from bespoke home furnishings to designer fashion as well as several cafes, all offering a tempting choice of refreshments and shaded seating on the sidewalk.

UltraScape flowpoint tropical, in natural grey, was adopted to grout 5700m² of granite stone pavers around the development. The work was carried out by one of Dubai’s premier landscaping contractors, Proscape LLC.

UltraScape flowpoint is a flowable grout which conforms to the strict requirements of British Standard 7533, a tried and tested method that removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers, when installed correctly, a minimum construction life of 40 years.  It allows for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly and with ease and can be used to fill joints from 5mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application. Due to its fast setting capabilities, flowpoint can be opened to pedestrian traffic after 1 hour and vehicular traffic after 4 hours, making it ideal for projects where disruption needs to be kept to a minimum.

UltraScape flowpoint is available in charcoal and natural grey and in three varieties; Original, eco – containing 20% recycled material and Smooth – a fine grade providing a seamless surface, offering the perfect finish for every type of project. It has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish which will not crack or stain – even in the extremely hot temperatures in Dubai.

Dar Wasl is just one of many prestigious projects where flowpoint has been specified in Dubai, including the world renowned Opera House, City Walk mall and the luxurious Mudon residential complex, as well as millions of square metres worldwide.

UltraScape flowpoint is part of a BS 7533 mortar paving system, comprising of pro-bed HS bedding mortar and pro-prime slurry primer, all of which are available throughout the UAE through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit tanseeqllc.com.

For further information on flowpoint, and the other materials that make up UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please contact Instarmac International’s sales team by emailing international@instarmac.com or calling +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Fulfil your CPD obligations with UltraScape

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.

UltraScape have created a package of CPD options so you can complete your CPD requirements 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 one hour core curriculum CPD and complimentary lunch.

Why not make a day of it and book their ‘Explore Our Factory: Full’ CPD which includes one hour core curriculum CPD, complimentary lunch, factory tour and product demonstration session where you can try out the materials for yourself.

Ideal for the busy professional that needs to stay ahead, UltraScape’s 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

To find the perfect CPD package for you, please visit https://www.instarmac.co.uk/services/mad-cpds/

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

UltraScape rules the slopes at popular ski resort

As part of a project to revitalise Geilo, a ski resort in Hol Municipality in Norway, Instarmac International’s Norwegian partner, Betomur AS, supplied UltraScape’s flowpoint eco, rapid set flowable grout

The town centre had lacked good public spaces and was chaotic to navigate for both visitors and local businesses. Architect Group, Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS, won a competition with their project aimed at turning Geilo into a green skiing destination. The design focused on the pedestrian zone and amphitheatre, which were built on top of a privately financed car park. The architects drew inspiration from the surrounding mountainous landscape, and the amphitheatre therefore has two mountain ridges built with Corten steel, which serve as a central carpark and event suite for skiing races and festivals.

The hardscaping around the structure and in the pedestrian zone is made up of dark granite which was installed by contractor, Steen and Lund, using UltraScape’s flowpoint eco in a bespoke colour of white.

UltraScape flowpoint has been developed over a number of years to provide a durable finish, which will not crack or stain even when subject to long-term heavy trafficking. Its flowable nature allows large areas of paving to be grouted quickly over a variety of stone, including cobbles, sandstone and porcelain.

It is available in three alternatives, standard – the original formula that can accommodate joint depths of up to 200mm by 5-50mm wide, smooth – a finer grade for a more seamless finish for joint widths between 3-50mm and eco,  containing 20% recycled material and the ideal choice for this eco-friendly build.

Due to its fast setting capabilities, flowpoint can be opened to pedestrian traffic after 1 hour and vehicular traffic after 4 hours, making it ideal for projects where disruption needs to be kept to a minimum.

UltraScape flowpoint conforms to the strict requirements of British Standard 7533, a tried and tested method that removes the uncertainty of site batched mortars and offers, when installed correctly, a minimum construction life of 40 years.

Six years on, the hardscaping in Gelio is still in a perfect state of repair, despite receiving frequent vehicular and foot traffic and having endured the snow and ice clad landscape synonymous with Norwegian winters – a testament to using a BS 7533 compliant product.

UltraScape’s BS 7533 compliant priming, bedding and jointing materials are available throughout Norway through Betomur AS. To contact Betomur please call 55 59 44 50, email firmpost@betomur.no or visit Betomur.no.

Instarmac officially a ‘Great Place to Work’

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have officially been named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ for the third year!

Instarmac were just one of 132 organisations in the UK to be recognised by Great Place to Work® out of hundreds of applicants. Companies are categorised into Super Large, Large, Medium and Small according to the number of employees in their workforce and Instarmac has been ranked 17th for medium sized companies alongside other global brands such as Danone and Belron.

Instarmac is a multi award-winning market-leading company that specialises in the manufacture and distribution of cement and bitumen based products to the world markets for over 40 years. It has built a solid reputation based on research, development and production of innovative materials for use in highway maintenance, urban regeneration, tiling, commercial flooring and internal finishing markets.

Having an enthusiastic and engaged workforce and creating an environment where people enjoy to come to work has always been of the utmost importance to Instarmac and their latest accolade is testament to that.

Every year, companies all over Europe implement engagement policies in the hope of gaining the recognition of being a Great Place to Work®.

Great Place to Work®, in partnership with the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph, is recognised worldwide and celebrates trust and engagement within an organisation. Great Place to Work® believe a successful company is built through day-to-day relationships with employees who trust the people they work with, have pride in what they do and enjoy the company of people they work alongside – values Instarmac have always prided themselves on.

Every Instarmac employee was given the opportunity to complete the Great Place to Work Trust Index® Survey, which consists of 58 core statements and assesses an employees’ experience of the workplace covering 120 key business areas, including Strategy, Direction, Values, Career Development, Recognition, Reward and Wellbeing.

These responses are then analysed to determine whether or not a company really is a great place to work!

On winning this prestigious award, Instarmac’s Managing Director, John Holcroft, commented: “Lots of employers talk about the value of engaging their team but our third Great Place to Work® award proves that it is true of Instarmac and how we promote a rewarding and engaging environment for all employees.”

As well being placed in 17th position, Instarmac were also delighted to have been presented with the Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing Award – an award only given to companies who are committed to creating a happier and healthier work environment.

For further information about Instarmac and their range of proven, trusted and certified materials, please visit Instarmac.co.uk or call 01827 254402. Stay up-to-date with the all the latest news from Instarmac HQ by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup and connecting with Instarmac Group plc on LinkedIn.

Would you like to join a Great Place to Work? Instarmac are hiring. Visit Instarmac.co.uk/about-us/careers to view their latest vacancies.