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RTU tub mortar adds aesthetic appeal at Belfast Arts Centre


An award-winning building in Belfast City Centre represents the extent to which modern building design in Belfast has shifted from the drab utilitarianism of past decades.   Belfast’s reclaimed status as a modern city of culture and ambition is mirrored in the recent construction of numerous landmark buildings of character and sustainable appeal.

The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) was completed in February 2012 and stands proudly in the centre of the Saint Anne’s Square development as an iconic symbol of the vibrant, confident city that Belfast has become.  The £17.9m project provides 2 theatres, 3 art galleries, 1 rehearsal space, 1 dance studio, 3 education and workshop rooms, 4 offices for resident art groups, 1 cafe and bar and 1 artist in residence studio.

Belfast based Hackett Hall McKnight Architects wished to approach exterior design in a manner evocative of the preceding Victorian merchant city, which consisted of large scale tough brick buildings.  This robust construction specification lent itself to the selection of RTU tub mortar.  RTU was chosen to ensure quality, consistent mortar complying with BS EN 998-2, the current European Standard.

RTU tub mortar has become an instinctive choice for most reputable builders in Greater Belfast and farther afield. The RTU name is synonymous with consistency in product quality and service, offering flexible solutions to daily site requirements.  RTU mortar is compliant with the most stringent specification in strength requirements whereas traditional methods offer no such assurance or consistency.

Stephen Lee, Site Manager for Bowen Mascott JV, commented “The MAC building features large areas of brick both internally and externally, so the aesthetic appeal of a quality mortar was an important factor.  The high specification for this building meant that we could not afford to compromise on an element as critical as mortar.  Using a quality factory produced mortar made the day to day management of the site much easier.  The mortar was there when we needed it and the human element was eliminated by avoiding site mixing and provided us with a consistent product every time.  RTU delivered on providing a quality product with excellent service”.

The team at RTU were delighted to be selected as the mortar supplier to this prestigious project.  The success and quality of the end result is a testimony to the benefits available to users of factory produced mortar.

31st October 2012

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