Published 05 April 2018

Long-standing salt damp issues at Tea Tree Gully Council’s Gallery 1855 have been fixed, following repair works totalling $120,000 to address underfloor drainage and ventilation issues.

With the 1855-built art gallery originally constructed on bare earth, rising damp within the stone footings has been an ongoing issue for many years.

To treat the salt damp and prevent reoccurrence, a waterproof membrane was installed and the concrete floors were replaced with recycled timber.

Project supervisor Jason Habbershaw said it had been a complex and interesting project.

‘We worked with Gallery 1855 staff for almost a year in advance to minimise the impact of the work on the Gallery and the community,’ he said.

‘As part of the project, we also addressed some contaminated soil issues and completed minor stone wall restoration works.’

Located in the leafy suburb of Tea Tree Gully, Gallery 1855 was the first Council chambers in South Australia. In 2012 the building was refurbished and transformed into a gallery and studio space.

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