This chimney breast had damp coming through the plaster and the customer wanted it covering over with new. So I suggested dry walling over and plastering.
I used 3×2 stud wall timber to the breast area keeping the timber spaced away from the surface with plastic so that the wood would not absorb the moisture.
Next I added the plaster board.
Next part of the job is to plaster.
Then finish of with skirting and cover over the air vent.