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.