Smet Features in Northern Builder Magazine with Streetscape in Newry Public Realm

Newry City Centre regeneration scheme recieved the local touch as SMET awarded contract in the company’s home town.  To read the article online clickSMET Northern Builder Vol 23 No 1 2012.

Home town success for SMET IN NEWRY

Smet Building Products Ltd is working in its home town to help deliver the Newry Public Realm regeneration scheme.

The company, which is based in the city, has been awarded the supply of BS 7533 compliant bedding course, jointing and priming materials by principal contractor SIAC (NI) Ltd for the Newry Public Realm regeneration scheme, part of the Newry Master Plan.

The total area of the project compromises 5,500m² of granite paving, installed in Newry’s prime city centre locations of Monaghan Street, Hill Street, Margaret Square and Marcus Square.

“We are proud to supply and be associated with this prestigious project in our home town,” said Joris Smet, Director of Smet Building Products Ltd.

SMET supplies Kilsaran High Strength Bedding Concrete ECO in site-silos, conveniently located in the compound behind City Hall.



The bedding course material is mixed in the compound by use of a continuous mixer – fixed at the bottom of the silo – directly into the bucket of the telleporter or mortar tub. From this central location, material is transported to the application site, where the paving contractor places the bedding course material directly onto the road-base.

After priming the granite setts or slabs with priming slurry, supplied in manageable 20kg bags, they are placed into the prepared bedding course and compacted into place. This application provides a bonded, rigid construction to BS 7533 requirements.

Joris added, “This just-in-time method of supply means continual and consistent quality of product delivered right on site, satisfying the needs of SIAC in delivering a timely project.”

After the bedding course has set and the granite paving is cleaned, the joints are jointed or grouted using Kilsaran’s Rapid-Set Jointing Mortar ECO. This BS 7533 compliant jointing material is a flowing/liquid material which is moved into place using a floor squeegee. This process can be described similar to interior grouting of floor tiles. The final granite is cleaned and finished using a sponge machine or belt cleaner.

The result – a beautiful natural stone, granite paving finish, resistant to vehicular traffic that will endure in a busy city centre, such as Newry.

Joris explained the company’s success in securing such a high profile project.  “We pride ourselves on executing the highest levels of customer service, not only to SIAC (NI) Ltd, our direct client, but also directly to Donegal Paving, the paving contractor.  By providing this level of customer focus, Smet Building Products Ltd demonstrates best-practice in construction partnerships.”

“This just-in-time method of supply means continual and consistent quality of product delivered right on site”

“We pride ourselves on executing the highest levels of customer service”

Why Smet Building Products Ltd?

Bringing European Innovation SMET® Streetscape®

Smet Building Products Ltd is dedicated to delivering the leading names in building products direct from mainland Europe to Ireland and the UK.  Our strength is delivering innovative high quality products supported by superior customer service. Thus, when selecting a Streetscape partner, Kilsaran Create, was deemed as the ideal partner in the manufacture of SMET Streetscape BS 7533 compliant range.

Partner in Construction

Kilsaran is the largest producer of concrete products in Ireland, their best-in-class manufacturing capability is backed up by technical expertise and a long track record of providing customers in the UK and Ireland with great service. SMET Streetscape portfolio complies with the rigorous requirements of BS 7533 with all products undergoing independent testing and certification to confirm compliance.

Service & Support

SMET have a further unique competitive advantage in servicing larger paving and public realm projects, in the form of SMET dry mortar silos. The mixers have been specially configured to handle High Strength Bedding Mortar HSBC, without the blocking and bridging that occurs with standard silos.  SMET silos are a 3-phase unit with an unstoppable 5.5kw motor.

The SMET Streetscape range of quality products are backed up with the expertise of a technical advisor.  At SMET, we are site focused, providing you with industry specialists who will be with you on site to build your test panel, provide training and support as well as demonstrate the Streetscape materials. We don’t believe in ‘sell and forget’, our policy is to continue to monitor the scheme to ensure a first class finish.

A Guarantee for Quality

We recognise that, as a supplier of top quality building products and services, we must ensure our operations are carried out to the highest of standards. In order to achieve this, we operate a BSI registered EN: ISO 9001: 2008 quality management system that defines our working procedures and processes.

Our customers agree, Smet Building Products Ltd is the only supplier you’ll ever wholeheartedly recommend.

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