KTP asks Government to protect industrial heritage in Marsa Power Station Site

In a statement published earlier today, the Kamra tal-Periti called on Government to identify and protect those buildings present within the Marsa Power Station Complex.

The Chamber referred to a recent conference organised by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation (GHRC) during which “the importance of the regeneration of certain degraded areas, yet ironically parts of the Power Station were being demolished as the conference was under way.”

Reference was also made to projects submitted by final year students of the Faculty of the Built Environment in 2016 explored various alternatives for the regeneration of Marsa, including the Power Station site. “The Faculty is of the opinion that while the demolition of the power station would clear up a tract of land that could be used to accommodate a wide range of uses, both commercial and civic, the value of the building itself is important as industrial and architectural heritage, and there is no reason why it cannot be preserved, and used as a spur for the redevelopment of the surrounding area. This opinion is shared by the Kamra tal-Periti” it said in its statement.

The Kamra also called on the setting up of a joint committee composed of the PA, SCH and Heritage Malta “to identify those buildings and areas that merit preservation and sustainable regeneration”.