Modern urban environment, Londonderry city centre

Project: Modern urban environment, Londonderry city centre

Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS, Pro-Prime and Flowpoint have been used to create a high-quality, vibrant and modern urban environment throughout Londonderry city centre.

The major regeneration project, designed by Civil and Structural Engineers BDP, is the most significant ever made in public space within the city and has created a modern, urban landscape in the heart of Londonderry. Shipquay Place and Waterloo Square were the focus of the redesign with the aim to increase pedestrian footfall and make these places attractive areas in which to meet and stay.

FP McCann was the contractor on the scheme and the construction work included upgrading drainage infrastructure, removing the old concrete block paving and replacing it with new granite paving, renewing street lighting, pedestrian crossings and the installation of a new digital 80 nozzle water feature with integrated lighting outside the Guildhall.

BDP in conjunction with URS Landscape, Civil & Structural Engineers and mechanical engineers JCP Consulting, required materials that conformed to BS 7533 part 12 for use on the scheme. Ultrascape’s Mortar Paving System is fully BS 7533 compliant and has been specified for use within many public realm projects over the years, giving the assurance associated with using proven established products. It also offers the reassurance of being independently tested by a UKAS accredited laboratory, which verifies its capabilities.

Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS Bedding Mortar in bulk, Pro-Prime Slurry Primer and Flowpoint rapid setting flowable grout were used by the main contractor FP McCann, to lay the 14,000m² of granite flag paving and Caithness Stone.

Ultrascape Pro- Bed HS fine bedding concrete was supplied in 30 tonne bulk silos. Perfect for large schemes where high volumes of bedding concrete are required at the touch of a button. It provides a bedding base that conforms to the strict requirements of BS 7533.

Ultrascape Pro-Prime Slurry Primer is specifically formulated to provide an exceptional bond of greater than 2N/mm² between all types of stone. It only requires the simple addition of water before it can be applied to the stone elements.

Ultrascape Flowpoint rapid setting flowable grout, is formulated for early trafficking and can be poured over paved areas and simply washed away, with no risk of staining. It can be opened to foot traffic after only one hour due to its rapid setting properties.

Since the project’s completion, properties and businesses around the area have reported a 30% increase in turnover – proof that public realm projects really do help to stimulate the local economy.

For further information on Ultrascape Pro-Bed HS, Pro-Prime and Flowpoint or other products from the Ultrascape range, call 01827 871871 or email

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