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glasshouse development, port macquarie




Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre, Port Macquarie


Root Projects Australia, on behalf of Port Macquarie - Hastings Council

The Site

This site was scouted as the location for the original 1820's penal settlement and later developed for the 1830's Town Hall and the School of Arts. Excavations in 2004-2005 revealed these remains which were subsequently incorporated into the new Arts, Conference and Entertainment centre.


  • Immediate protection and stabilisation recommendations for the in situ remains.

  • Identify options for conservation works and prepare specifications for tender.

  • Recommendations for protection during construction of the development.

  • Review contractor Work Method Statements and site use strategies.

  • Specification for the removal of an intact portion of barrel drain.





Glasshouse site

The open archaeological site

Glasshouse Barrel Drain 

In situ barrel drain

Glasshouse biological growth 

 Biological growth





International Conservation Services is Australia’s largest private fine art conservation business.  Our main office and conservation workshops are located in Sydney, we have staff in Canberra and Melbourne, and we are able to work on site throughout Australia.  We provide a full range of art restoration services, including antique restoration, paintings restoration, sculpture conservation, archaeological conservation, furniture restoration, conservation of works of art on paper, textiles and objects conservation.  We work on architectural finishes and built elements in heritage buildings, structures, monuments and war memorials.  We provide condition assessments, and carry out hands-on conservation and restoration work.  We consult on issues of collection management, preventive conservation and museum planning, and have particular expertise in the management of environmental conditions in buildings housing collections.  Our associated business, Smarttrack RFID, provides a range of asset and visitor tracking solutions for museums, art galleries, libraries and archives.