The scheduled opening in March 2009 was fast approaching, and the February weather was cold and wet – totally unsuitable for pointing with cement based materials. However the contractor solved the problem by using GftK Epoxy Resin Pavement Jointing Mortars that enabled the work to continue whatever the weather, plus the majority of the joints were actually pointed by a team of only three men in a SINGLE DAY. While the cost of the GftK Jointing Mortar was substantially higher than sand and cement, the labor savings alone meant that the jointing costs were almost equivalent; with the incredibly fast application speed of GftK materials also allowing completion on time for the opening, saving precious schedules and financial commitments.
The paving at the Arc mixed use development in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk includes 850m2 of 100 x 100 x 80mm granite setts. These are laid as a feature around its central square and the contemporary designed Debenhams ‘anchor store’. The drainage and substructure were built up in accordance with BS 7533, the setts were then placed individually with approximately half of them formed into attractive fan shapes. The project was originally specified to be pointed by hand, with cement based mortar. Based on past experience, the contractor had allowed for this to be carried out by a team of four men working continuously for at least two weeks. However the paving was delayed to allow other trades and the finishing / fitting out contractors to have unrestricted access.
Bury St Edmunds is one of England’s best preserved historic market towns. Its medieval urban structure is largely unspoiled, but many buildings within the town have been subsequently refaced to suit the styles of later eras.
The Cattlemarket site was established in Victorian times, when this activity was moved from Cornhill, the medieval market place, to a site adjacent to the town’s western perimeter. When market activities ceased the site became a large car park. The town then seized the opportunity to extend its historic core into this area and commissioned Centros Miller together with Hopkins Architecture to work on the masterplan for this area.
The Arc Shopping Centre
Arc is an ultra modern retail, leisure and residential development providing some 36 shops, cafés, restaurants, a magnificent multi-purpose cultural venue and high quality residential apartments in the town centre of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
It is focused around two open shopping streets and a public square, and hosts top brand shops and stores like Debenhams, H&M, Next, TopShop / TopMan, Vero Moda / Jack & Jones, Hobbs, Crew Clothing, HMV, New Look, Jane Norman, and River Island to name but a few.
The Centre is also home to high quality coffee shops and restaurants with Nando’s, Carluccios, Costa Coffee and Muffin Break heading up some great places to relax during the shopping experience and right through into the evening.
Arc also provides more than 850 parking spaces and the award winning Apex 500-seat public venue which throughout the year features music, art and other high quality entertainment events. Link this to the 62 apartments above the shops, and you truly have a vibrant 24/7 venue which is a true gem in the heart of the historic Town Centre.
Stone Paving Technologies is the US exclusive importer/distributor of GftK.  Milestone Imports the foremost source of Porphyry paving products, is available in United States to provide full technical assistance on GftK pavement jointing mortars as well as Porphyry paving stone choices. On-site support is also available.  For more advice or assistance with your specific project including the right jointing product, the estimated consumption, and the estimated time required for application, plus any other aspect of paving jointing, grouting, pointing or repointing please call Miles at 866.641.1999 or contact through