KTP consulted about possible V18 works restrictions

Over the past few weeks, the Council of the Kamra tal-Periti was informed that a few members were contacted by the office of the Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018, or other government departments, regarding construction works that are currently ongoing or planned to be executed in Valletta between January and December 2018. In light of these reports, the Council requested a meeting with Hon. Deo Debattista in order to seek clear guidance on this matter.

As the host of the European Capital of Culture during 2018, Malta will be organising most of the events and activities in and around Valletta. For this reason the Parliamentary Secretariat responsible for Valletta 2018 is seeking to ensure that certain heavy equipment, particularly cranes, are not erected in the streets of Valletta during this time. Also, any works or equipment affecting the streets of the capital city are to be kept to a minimum.

In view of this, the Parliamentary Secretariat has set up a contact point where those who are intending to carry out works during this period can seek further information or clarification on what is permissible. Furthermore, it is important that works are notified to the Secretariat well in advance in order to avoid clashes with any activities or events taking place in the vicinity.

Members are advised to alert any of their clients who are planning works during this period in Valletta to get in touch with Mr Olaf Mckay on olaf.mckay@gov.mt or on 2247 9935.

Third Edition of the Baku International Prize

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has announced that the Third Edition of the Baku International Prize, supported by the UIA, is now open for entries.

This innovative, biennial award recognises achievement in urban planning and architecture, focusing on composition, volumetric and spatial solutions. Participants are invited to submit projects in the following categories:

A – Best implemented project in the architecture of public buildings;
B – Best implemented project in the architecture of residential buildings;
C – Best implemented interiors;
D – Best non-realised project;
E – Best implemented project in the field of landscape architecture;
F – Best implemented project in the field of rehabilitation and reconstruction of buildings;
G – Best publication in the field of architecture;
H – Best work in the field of architecture journalism and criticism (online and print)

The Second edition of the Award in 2015 enjoyed participation of 34 countries and the award winners came from 12 countries; Bangladesh, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Vietnam, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

The deadline for entries has been extended until 15 September 2017.


For more information on prizes, submission requirements, and timelines please visit the official Awards page by clicking on button below.


UPDATED / Lands Authority issues call for Periti for the provision of valuations – Deadline extended

The Lands Authority has issued a call for Expression of Interest for Periti to form a pool of valuers for the valuation of real estate held by the State. This is being done in view of the legal obligation for properties above €400,000 to be valued by three independent Periti under the recently approved Government Lands Act.

Deadline has been extended to Friday 15th September 2017 at 5pm.

For further information about the call and how to submit your application, please follow the link below.

KTP reps on BICC Working Groups announced

Following a call issued by the Council for members of the profession to represent it on the five BICC Working Groups in July, the KTP has informed the nominees formally in writing about its selection.

Advisory Board

The BICC forum consists of 25 stakeholders within the sector.  There are members who are Regulators, Educational Institutions, Employers, Workers’ representatives through unions, Developers, Financial Institutions, and the Professionals. The Kamra tal-Periti is one of three professional chambers represented on the BICC.

KTP’s representatives on the BICC Advisory Board are Perit Simone Vella Lenicker and Perit Amber Wismayer.

Working Groups

To function better the BICC has 5 Working Groups which are: Education, Training, Classification and Registration;  Property Market;  Regeneration of Property;  Research and Innovation; and Building Regulations and EU Directives; each working group has its own coordinator.  Furthermore, there are also a number of ad-hoc committees such as the Eurocode Technical Team, The Skill-Card team; and the Comfort in the home team.

Building Regulations & EU Directives

This working group oversees the revision and implementation of building regulations in Malta, as well as monitors the introduction of EU Directives affecting the building industry and consults accordingly. KTP’s representatives on this working group are Perit Philip Grech and Perit Andre Pizzuto.


Regeneration of Property

The purpose of this working group is to analyse how vacant properties can be upgraded to stimulate demand.  It also forwards proposals to Government on incentive schemes to encourage owners to refurbish their old properties. KTP’s representatives on this working group are Perit Amber Wismayer and Perit Eve Degiorgio.


​Property Market

This working group is currently working on the creation of a Property Price Index. KTP’s representatives on this working group are Perit Simone Vella Lenicker and Perit George Farrugia.

Research & Innovation

This working group promotes research and innovative materials suitable for the local market. KTP’s representatives on this working group are Perit Konrad Xuereb and Perit Rebecca Dalli Gonzi.

Education & Training

This working group is composed of educational institutions, professions, workers’ representatives and employers with the objective of creating courses for those involved in the sector and the general public. It is currently working on the introduction of the Skill-Cards.​ KTP’s representatives on this working group are Perit Luke Lapira and Perit Rene Cutajar.

New Lifts Regulations to come in force on 1st September 2017

The three year transitory period between the old lifts regulations EN 81-1:1998 and the new regulations EN 81-20:2014 will come to an end on 31st August, 2017.


The main changes consist in:

  • Greater refuge space requirements in the lift pit and on the car top within the headroom;
  • Increased protection from failing from the car roof;
  • Enhanced strength requirements in the well walls and doors;
  • Additional pit safety features;
  • Improved counterweight safety, notably counterweight safety gear requirements;
  • Overall increased safety for engineers, inspectors and any persons having to enter the lift well as part of their job role;
  • Increased safety for passengers.

Any new lift that is registered with the MCCAA after 31st August, 2017, must conform to the new regulations


A series of practice guidelines will be published on this website in the coming weeks.

KTP meets Ian Borg & Chris Agius

Perit Vincent Cassar awarded RIBA President’s Medal

Former KTP president Perit Vincent Cassar has just been awarded the RIBA President’s Medal this evening. This tribute acknowledges the important role that Presidents of Architects’ Institutes across the world make to their professional and social communities, and to their outstanding contribution in driving excellence in architecture both domestically and internationally.

Perit Cassar is well known at both the national and international level. He is a past President of the Kamra tal-Periti, past Council Member, Treasurer and Co-ordinator of a Thematic Area of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), and representative of the KTP to the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE).

His main achievement at an international level is his current role as President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), which position he will hold until 2019.

Perit Cassar, a graduate in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta, joined the Public Service in 1973 as a Junior Architect and Civil Engineer with the then Public Works Department and was assigned to the Schools and Hospital Section. Since then he has worked within other sections of the Public Works organisation and was responsible for various projects including those for housing, healthcare and hospitals, and other major projects of a civil engineering nature such as roads and marine works. Such large scale projects included the design and construction of the Karen Grech Paediatric Hospital and its adjoining Maternity complex, and the construction of Terminal I at the Malta Freeport Container Terminal and the Luqa Air Terminal.

Perit Cassar also currently serves as Chairman of the Planning Board in Malta.

In a statement to the Kamra tal-Periti, Perit Cassar said, “I dedicate this honour to all my colleagues on the KTP Council and indeed to all periti in Malta and also to all architects around the Commonwealth”.

The Kamra tal-Periti warmly congratulates Perit Cassar on this distinguished award and professional achievement.