The key elements of the new masterplan include:
Restoration and adaptive re-use of heritage assets:
The proposal considers the restoration and re-use of the heritage structures present on Manoel Island, including Fort Manoel and the Lazzaretto, together with the Customs House, St. George’s Chapel, the Cattle Shed, the Admiralty Canteen and the Boat-Builders’ Workshop.
Creation of public open spaces:
One of the key drivers for this project, is the emphasis on public open spaces. The aspiration of this development is to create a number of new open spaces in prominent places within the masterplan which while integrating better the heritage buildings, create open spaces of recreation for the general public’s enjoyment. The archaeological sites uncovered during recent investigations will also be integrated into these open spaces.
In the proposal, a great proportion of the land will remain accessible to the public and there will be improved accessibility to buildings of cultural heritage and the foreshore.
The proposal includes the construction of a new Football and Bocci Pitch for the use of the local community
Improved connectivity to the mainland:
This will be possible through the development of a new bridge
The existing marina will be upgraded with new infrastructure and protected by a floating breakwater.
The majority of the residences will be located towards the west and central part of the island, separated in between by a large public open landscaped space and commercial offering. They are also positioned on parts of the island where studies show that they will not impede on archaeologically sensitive areas. The residential clusters will not exceed four floors, while parking will be underground.
A successful urban development will require a balanced approach of creating the right blend of commercial attractions that will add life to the development.
This proposal includes the hospitality offerings within the Lazzaretto building and the Pay Office.