Certain construction situations call for the use of ultra-lightweight concrete materials. The properties of such materials allow for the utilisation of concrete in weight critical applications, for example precast elements, roofing panels, flooring and cladding of structures. The weight saving benefits of lightweight concrete are evident, yet a trade-off in the strength and durability characteristics of the concrete are made. This paper sets out to develop an ultra-lightweight thin filmed polymer modified concrete material for such applications. This material may incorporate specialised aggregates and admixtures to meet performance requirements but the effects of these on the performance of the lightweight concrete are to be carefully evaluated. This paper presents some of the results obtained by means of laboratory testing as well in-situ testing. As part of the in-situ testing, the paper also reports on the practical evaluation of the ultra-lightweight material characteristics performed through the construction of a light weight concrete racing canoe. This allowed for the evaluation of the material performance characteristics and the establishment of acceptable work and application methods when constructing with this material.