What has changed

1. Reduction of the footprint of the new building


The total area of new buildings has been scaled down from 26% as intended in the 1999 masterplan to circa 10% of the footprint. 

2. Reduction in new building volumes

The gross floor area of the new development decreased from 95,000sqm to 55,000 sqm

3. Increase in open spaces.

The total open spaces increased from 161,000 sqm to 192,000 sqm. 

4. Elimination of solid break water and reclamation

Instead of a solid breakwater, MIDI will be developing a floating breakwater which will minimise the impact on the marine environment.  Also, the reduced masterplan will refrain from the 14,000 sqm land reclamation, thereby eliminating the impact of the development on the Gzira promenade.

5. Traffic Impact and a car free environment

The new development will have less traffic impact because of the proposed reductions in development. Also, parking and most of the circulation will be located below ground, thereby promoting a car free environment. 

Other key factors

Apart from the improvements, the key commitments from the previous masterplan shall be retained.

1. Access to foreshore

Access to the foreshore will be preserved at all time for the enjoyment of the general public.     

2. Sports facilities 

In line with the previous masterplan MIDI will be developing the football and bocci pitches together with other recreational facilities 

3. The conditions of the Guardianship Agreement signed between the Manoel Island Foundation and MIDI will be respected. 

MIDI is keen for the local community to have every opportunity to view the new proposals and to ask questions. You can register for updates or leave comments on the Contact Us page.

Throughout the project timeline we will also engage and provide updates, ensuring that we deliver significant benefits to the community for the long term.