New roof for gallery

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The Forrester Gallery is being re-roofed as part of a much-needed makeover, which is due to be completed in the next few weeks.

Director Jane Macknight said over the years there had been a chemical reaction between the copper guttering and the corrugated iron roof, which caused the copper to corrode.

The process started with the laying of a butanol substrate and the roof will now be replaced.

The parapet walls would also be clad as they had been identified as a weak point in terms of water entering the building, she said.

No damage was sustained to artwork, because the leaking was minor and occurred in admin areas.

The work began a few months ago and it should be completed in the next couple of weeks, she said.

“It has been an ongoing process.”

All the staff were looking forward to this and they would be having a private celebration once the work was finished.

“It is really exciting.

“It is about preserving the building.”

The gallery has also cleared up the back car park and garden to let light into the lower floor and they hope to utilise it during the summer for activities and events.

The building will be closed for a week in August to do interior maintenance.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

RE-ROOFING: Forrester Gallery director Jane Macknight at the entrance to the roof which is being replaced.