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Reducing our Environmental Impact

Instarmac are committed to continuously re-evaluating and reducing environmental impact to encourage a positive, long-term future.

Investments have been made in Grey Water and Intelligent Lighting Systems alongside solar panels and ‘smart’ climate control that operates across the entire manufacturing site. By avoiding excessive stock lines, in 2004, Instarmac achieved ‘zero waste to landfill’ meaning 100% of their waste is now recycled.

Where feasible Instarmac also use recycled materials such as recycled glass in their products and in the last 12 months has supplied customers with over 1,000 tonnes of recycled material contained in market leading products such as Envirobed HA104® and Flowpoint ECO.

Commitment to produce high performance products that promote sustainability and reduce environmental impact is at the forefront of all that Instarmac deliver.

For more information about Instarmac’s range of environmental products please call +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Flowpoint paves the way in Bilzen, Belgium

Flowpoint, part of UltraScape’s BS 7533 approved Mortar Paving System, has been used in the construction of Bilzen’s town square and new shopping precinct.

Located in Limburg Belgium, Bilzen is home to over 30,000 residents and spans an area of 75.9 square kilometres. Over the past 10 years, Bilzen has undergone a transformation; a new shopping area has been created and many areas of the town have been refurbished.

Supplied by Instarmac’s Belgian partner Nijst Natuursteen Bvba, Flowpoint flowable rapid set grout has been used at every stage of Bilzen’s redevelopment. Flowpoint was first used in 2006 in the refurbishment of the main town square – an area that, over a decade later, still looks as good as the day it was finished.

Flowpoint has been used on a variety of other projects throughout Bilzen including a parking area in front of the town hall and church, pavements for the bustling cafés, parking areas in the town centre and the installation of paving at the new shopping precinct. Later this year, more pavements will be restored with new cobbles and pointed with Flowpoint.

Flowpoint was chosen for these projects for a number of reasons. Independently tested and approved, Flowpoint is proven to be compliant to British Standard 7533. This standard guarantees Flowpoint’s 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 projects where a number of different sized stones will be used.

What’s more, Flowpoint has a design life of over 40 years, can be walked over in just 1 hour and receive vehicular traffic in 4 hours, causing minimal disruption to pedestrians and motorists alike.

Flowpoint is distributed throughout Belgium by Nijst Natuursteen Bvba. To contact Nijst please call +32 (0)89 41 62 9 or email info@nijst-natuursteen.be.

For further information on Flowpoint and the other materials available in UltraScape#s Mortar Paving System, please email international@instarmac.com or call Instarmac’s International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Potholes cause chaos around the tunnels of Rhône-Alps

Instarmac’s French partner, Vert Bleu, have used UltraCrete Instant Road Repair to repair dangerous potholes in and around tunnels in the Rhône-Alps, France.

Millions of cars and heavy goods vehicles regularly travel through the many road tunnels in the Northern Alp region. Regular trafficking, braking and turning from heavyweight vehicles and trucks had caused severe damage to the wearing course on a roundabout connecting the French highway to such a tunnel.

Numerous cold asphalts had been trialled on the roundabout in an attempt to repair the damage but every product used thus far had failed, causing further disruption to motorists and costly repeat visits for the local municipality.

A new repair product was needed that would withstand heavy and constant trafficking and provide a permanent repair in areas of braking and turning. After careful research, a trial was completed using world renowned UltraCrete Instant Road Repair and Vert Bleu are delighted to report that the repair has now been in place for over 4 months and shows no signs of failing – a significant improvement compared to the previous repair products used.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is a cold asphalt technology, which has been continuously developed and perfected over the past 40 years to provide a first time permanent pothole repair.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more that traffic travels over it, making it the perfect repair product for heavily trafficked roads and areas of vehicle turning and braking, such as this one.

Instant Road Repair has provided permanent repairs on some of the world’s busiest roads including the German Autobahn, Gardiner Expressway in Canada, UK motorways and New York Bridges and Tunnels.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it even provides a permanent repair in freezing temperatures!

Independently tested by the Highways Authority Product Approval Scheme for over 15 years, Instant Road Repair is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time instant and permanent pothole repairs.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair is available throughout France through Vert Bleu. To contact Vert Bleu please call +33 (0)4 79 84 41 or visit www.ultracrete.fr.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair and the other materials available in UltraCrete’s highway maintenance range, please email international@instarmac.com or call the International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

UltraScape helps to preserve historic thoroughfare

UltraScape’s BS 7533 mortar paving system has been used to rejuvenate a busy high street in Wakefield as part of plans to regenerate the area.

Albion Court is an historic, well used thoroughfare which had deteriorated considerably and posed a health and safety risk to pedestrians.

Wakefield Council, in line with English Heritage conservation principals, uplifted and re-laid the 80 year old cobbles to help preserve and enhance the historic surface using UltraScape’s mortar paving system.

The reclaimed cobbles were bedded using UltraScape Pro-Bed HS which provided a perfect bound base for the paving elements. 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. It was supplied in 25kg bags and 1 tonne bulk bags and 30 tonne silos for the larger areas.

Manhole covers and gullies were reinstated using UltraScape’s Resi-Bed resinous mortar. The product provides exceptional strength and bond for areas under extreme stresses. It withstands the inherent flex that covers endure under traffic loading and is perfectly suited for bonding to steel.

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.

UltraScape’s Flowpoint has a high fluid consistency and was ideal for grouting the varying joint widths and depths created by the cobbles. Simple to use, it was poured over the area and washed clean, filling all joints evenly, without staining. This slurry method provides a fast, cost effective and robust way of grouting large, intricate areas, quickly. Furthermore, Flowpoint can be open to foot traffic in just one hour, minimising time on site and disruption to pedestrians. It is available in two colours; charcoal and natural grey, the latter of which was selected for this project as it complements the cobbles perfectly.

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.

‘UltraScape’s products produced outstanding results and were easy to work with and will certainly be used on other schemes in the future.’ Craig Pritchard, Wakefield Council.

For further information on UltraScape’s  BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system, please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402.

Top Marks for UltraScape at Birmingham University Library!

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Compliant Mortar Paving System has been used in the construction of Birmingham University’s brand new state of the art library.

The new main library which cost £60 million, opened in September 2016 and is already being heralded as one of the first of a new generation of libraries in UK higher education. The Library has been tailor-made to suit modern users’ requirements and is designed to make more of the University’s extraordinary collections accessible to students and staff, with expert library staff on hand to help and advise on texts, support and resources.

Principal contractor, O’Brien Contractors, installed hard and soft landscaping around the prestigious new library, which included 1200m² of yellow rock granite paving. The colour was chosen to enhance the tones of the new building.

UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base for the granite. 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’s Pro-Prime was applied between the paving elements and bedding mortar. The addition of a slurry primer is essential to yield bond strength compliant with BS 7533 and helps prevent costly failures.

UltraScape’s Flowpoint was used to grout the setts. 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. Flowpoint can be opened to pedestrians in just 1 hour and vehicular traffic after only 4 hours, minimising disruption. It can accommodate widths between 5mm and 50mm and depths of up to 200mm

in a single pass and is available in 2 colours; natural grey and charcoal, with bespoke colours available upon request. A special order of buff was produced for this project to compliment the paving elements and surrounding environment.

UltraScape’s Paving Guard surface sealant was applied once the grout had set to help preserve the installation. When applied, the product forms a protective barrier to many common stain agents. It also reduces the ability of chewing gum adhering to the surface of paving, making it easier to remove during the cleaning cycles.

Established in 1958, O’Brien Contractors is a Midlands-based provider of civil engineering, design and build and groundworks services, as well as turnkey sports pitch solutions. Receiving the prestigious five star rating for Achilles Building  Confidence accreditation in 2014 means O’Brien sits alongside leading names in the construction sector as suppliers of excellent quality work with a commitment to growth and sustainability.

Key projects and customers include the Nestlé manufacturing facility with John Sisk and Son; the Regeneration of Longbridge Town Centre with Morgan Sindall; and Primark’s Retail Distribution Centre with Sir Robert McAlpine.

For further information on Ultrascape’s  BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system and ancillary products, please visit ultrascape.co.uk or call 01827 254402. Keep up-to-date with the latest news and competitions from UltraScape on twitter, follow @Ultrascape_UK

Instarmac to Exhibit at the Ontario Water Conference and Trade Show

Launched in 2011, the Ontario Water Conference and Trade Show is organised by the Ontario Water Works Association, Ontario Municipal Water Association and the Ontario Water Works Equipment Association and is the premier water event in Ontario.

The Conference will take place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls from 7th – 10th May and is expected to attract thousands of visitors, all of which are looking for the latest innovations in the water industry.

Visitors to booth 307 will discover the world’s number one permanent utility reinstatement material – Instarmac Instant Road Repair. Experts from both Instarmac and their Canadian partner Da-Lee, will be on hand all day to offer advice and guidance and to demonstrate the many benefits of using Instant Road Repair.

Instarmac Instant Road Repair is different from traditional cold applied oil based asphalts, which are often used as a temporary repair by utility companies throughout Canada. Instant Road Repair is a reinstatement asphalt which has been continually developed over the past 40 years and offers a first time permanent repair which eradicates costly repeat visits to the same site.

Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it the ideal product for repairs to trenches and manhole reinstatements in highly trafficked roads. This innovative material conforms to rigorous European Testing, has been independently tested by the British Board of Agrément for over 15 years and is proven to be a quality, flexible and durable solution for first time, permanent reinstatements.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – Instarmac Instant Road Repair can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold – it even provides a permanent repair in temperatures as low as 15ºC.  Furthermore, reinstatements completed with Instarmac Instant Road Repair can be trafficked instantly causing minimal disruption to motorists and eliminating lengthy lane closures.

What’s more, on Wednesday 10th May at 2.15pm, Instarmac’s Canadian representative, Matthew Kinson, will be presenting a technical paper where audience members will discover the latest cold asphalt technology and the cost savings of using this technology as a permanent reinstatement material.

Since the beginning of 2016, Instarmac Instant Road Repair has been widely used with great success throughout Ontario, British Columbia and New York State.

For further information on Instarmac Instant Road Repair, and the other highway maintenance materials available from Instarmac, please email international@instarmac.com.

To find out more information about the Ontario Water Conference and Trade Show please visit www.waterconference.owwa.ca.

Flowpoint is the Star of the Show in Dubai

Flowpoint rapid setting grout has been used to grout 9,000sqm of paving at the iconic Dubai Opera.

Located in what is known as “the most prestigious square kilometre in the world”, Dubai Opera is a masterpiece of contemporary design with the ability to transform into three styles – a 2,000 seat theatre, a concert hall, and ‘flat floor’ for events such as weddings and trade shows.

Since opening its doors last year, Dubai Opera has welcomed thousands of visitors from all around the world to see a number of long-running shows including Les Misérables, Jersey Boys and Mary Poppins, as well as ballets, operas, orchestras, fashion shows, conferences, galleries and art exhibitions.

Flowpoint, supplied by Instarmac’s partner in Dubai, Tanseeq LLC, was specified to grout 9,000sqm of paving surrounding the beautiful Dubai Opera. 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 the extremely high temperatures in Dubai.

This was put to the test when Flowpoint was used to grout 40,000sqm of paving at City Walk in July 2015 – a time when temperatures can reach up to 50ºC. Located off Sheikh Zayed Road, City Walk is a premium location in the heart of Dubai and brings together the perfect mix of residences, high end retailers and restaurants as well as tree lined pathways and a crystal clear lake with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa, where Flowpoint has also been used.

The flowable properties of Flowpoint allow for large areas of paving to be grouted quickly. It can be used to grout joints from 3-5mm to 50mm and as deep as 200mm in one application which was ideal for City Walk where a number of different sized stones were used.

Flowpoint can receive foot traffic after just 1 hour and vehicular traffic in 4 hours – ideal for sites where certain areas need to be accessed to allow construction to continue. Such was the case at MBR City when Flowpoint was used to grout 9,000sqm of granite stone.

MBR (Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum) City is the definition of luxury. The 45 million square feet development brings together striking villas and mansions, fine dining, flagship retailers, 60 acres of park lands, 8km of shared cycling tracks and 90 acres of crystal lagoons – the first of its kind and largest in the world.

Construction at MBR City continued whilst the granite paving was being installed. A number of heavy goods vehicles travelled across the paved areas each day demonstrating Flowpoint’s exceptional capabilities in areas of heavy traffic with vehicles turning frequently.

Flowpoint is available in 3 varieties – Original, ECO and Smooth and 2 colours – Charcoal and Natural Grey – offering the perfect finish for every project.

Flowpoint is available in Dubai through Tanseeq LLC. To contact Tanseeq please call +971 (04) 361 7199 or visit www.tanseeqllc.com.

For further information on Flowpoint and the other materials in UltraScape’s Mortar Paving System, please email international@instarmac.com or call Instarmac’s International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402.

Permanent Pothole Repair makes inroads in United Arab Emirates

Instarmac’s Export Sales Manager, Matt Kinson, has recently visited the United Arab Emirates with partner Birtely Pharma to demonstrate and present the benefits of using Permanent Pothole Repair to a number of municipalities throughout Abu Dhabi.

Sharjah RTA, Al Ain Department for Transport and Abu Dhabi Municipality were interested in learning more about Permanent Pothole Repair as an alternative to hot asphalt – their current repair method of choice.

UltraCrete Permanent Pothole 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, 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.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it the ideal product for repairs to highways and other highly trafficked roads.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair can be applied in all weathers including temperatures of up to 40ºC. What’s more, potholes repaired with UltraCrete Permanent Pothole Repair can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for environments where delays and disruption to traffic are not an option! This feature was particularly important to Sharjah RTA, Al Ain Department for Transport and Abu Dhabi Municipality as repairs made using hot asphalt require the road to be closed for several hours.

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.

Permanent Pothole Repair is widely available throughout United Arab Emirates through Birtely Pharma. To contact Birtely Pharma please call +971 6 545 9805 or visit www.birtelypharma.com.

For further information on Permanent Pothole Repair and the other first time permanent repair products available from UltraCrete please email international@instarmac.com or visit www.instarmacinternational.com.

Permanent Pothole Repair now available in British Columbia

Following recent product trials of Permanent Pothole Repair in British Columbia, Instarmac Group plc are delighted to announce their world renowned pothole repair is now readily available throughout BC.

Instarmac’s Canadian representative, Matt Kinson, recently visited British Columbia to carry out demonstrations of world renowned Permanent Pothole Repair with the City of Vancouver, the City of Victoria, the Township of Langley, as well as JPW Roads & Bridges Inc.

Instarmac Permanent Pothole 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, 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.

There are many cold lay asphalt repair products available, but Instarmac backs up its technical claims! Strength is gained by compaction, becoming stronger the more traffic travels over it, making it the ideal product for repairs to highways and other highly trafficked roads.

Applied in 3 easy steps – clean, pour, compact – Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair can be applied in all weathers including hot, wet and cold. What’s more, potholes repaired with Instarmac Permanent Pothole Repair can be trafficked instantly making it ideal for environments where delays and disruption to traffic 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.

Instarmac Group plc were delighted with the positive feedback they received on the performance of Permanent Pothole Repair and following these successful demonstrations an order has been placed for Vancouver. In order to fulfil this, a container of Permanent Pothole Repair has been sent to British Columbia and will be readily available to purchase.

For more information about Permanent Pothole Repair please contact our International Sales Team on +44 (0) 1827 254402 or email international@instarmac.com.

New fitness centre opens after intense subfloor preparation session

Rapid drying, all purpose smoothing underlayment Level IT Bond provides the ideal solution for application onto old adhesive residues.

Experienced flooring and cladding contractors, Midland Floor and Wall Covering secured The Gym Club project in conjunction with UltraFloor’s technical team, who specified the use of Level IT Bond and DPM IT.

The building’s original floor was stripped of its broken ceramic tiles and loose tile adhesive by the general builders who were contracted to the refurbishment. UltraFloor Level IT Bond was then used to smooth over the substrate so that a cost-effective and even layer of UltraFloor DPM IT could be applied.

UltraFloor DPM IT is a two component solvent free epoxy resin system for use as a surface damp proof membrane. The product has a pot life of 45-75 minutes and cures after 5 hours.

A further layer of UltraFloor Level IT Bond was then used to finish the floor. Level IT Bond is a rapid curing, high performance two-part smoothing underlayment. It has exceptional adhesion characteristics making it suitable for use over a wide variety of subfloors and substrates. Its rapid setting properties allow for floor coverings to be laid after only 4 hours.

Finally, Midland Floor and Wall Covering used a pressure sensitive adhesive to fix the gym’s desired luxury vinyl tiles.

For further product information, please visit ultra-floor.co.uk or to place an order call 01827 871871. You can keep up-to-date with the latest news, competitions and much more from UltraFloor on Twitter, follow @Ultra_Floor.