C. ASH (1) and P. ROGATZKI (2)

(1) Principle, Ash Sakula Architects, 5-9 Hatton Wall, London EC1N 8HX

(2) Head of Design & Technical Services, Hanson Material Products, Atherstone Road, Measham, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 7EL


An Arts centre in Luton has been constructed using a new and innovative technique, termed thin joint adhesive mortar technology. This paper examines the building of the Luton Arts centre from both a material and construction perspective as well as discussing the Architectural merits of the process. Thin joint adhesive mortar technology, utilises polymer modified cement mortars to “glue” masonry units together. The process results in improved compressive and flexural performance and as thinner joints than traditional masonry (3mm as opposed to 10mm) are used this alters the Architectural perspective of the masonry. The result is that masonry can be constructed in stack bond but has the same strength in bending about an axis perpendicular to the bed joints as if masonry units overlapped in a traditional wall and it looks different architecturally.