A.W. HENDRY Edinburgh

In a paper to the Fourth International Masonry Conference in 1989 the author reviewed the methods adopted in BS 5628 and the draft EC 6, as it stood at that time, for the design of waits under compressive load. In that paper a number of points were identified which appeared to require further consideration in the EC 6 draft. These points included the formula for allowing for slenderness and eccentricity and the determination of structural and other eccentricities. The Eurocode has now emerged as a pre-standard, ENV 1996-1-1, and it is the purpose of this paper to reconsider these points and to suggest improvements which might still be made in finalising the code.