The Mastic Asphalt Council (MAC) has recently hosted a prestigious lunch for over 40 architects, specifiers and contractors at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the use of mastic asphalt in modern construction.

The venue for the event was highly significant in itself and a superb example of the durability of mastic asphalt, as the material was first laid in 1906 on the stone gallery that circles the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Mastic asphalt has provided a remarkable 111 years’ weatherproof protection before it required refurbishment last year. MAC member Sussex Asphalte secured the contract to replace the asphalt around the cathedral dome – one of the capital’s most recognisable landmarks.

Green architect and TV presenter Charlie Luxton was invited to host the MAC lunch event and he told the audience that he has so much confidence in the longevity and versatility of mastic asphalt, that he has even used it on the construction of his own home.

At the event Charlie told the audience: ““This is what mastic asphalt can offer – waterproofing, a durable surface, even a decorative finish. Like many long-lasting, tried and tested materials it is being re-imagined and modified and re-examined as a highly relevant building material for today.”

The event has generated publicity across a number of trade publications and articles can be accessed below for further information.

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