The preservation of this site provided an opportunity for MIDI to create a revised and more sustainable masterplan for Manoel Island. Apart from a significant reduction in the volume of the development, the revised masterplan includes a new open public space measuring 35,000 sqm in the heart of the development, complementing the 80,000 sqm public Glacis Park surrounding Fort Manoel.
The proposed amended masterplan for Manoel Island, designed by iAS, aims to retain the aspects of the mixed-use development and enhance this by placing a stronger emphasis on creating more open and larger public spaces. The new masterplan also reduces the footprint of new development and provides a better proportion of mixed uses in the commercial areas and better integration of the existing heritage buildings through the public spaces.
A key objective is the creation of a well-connected, pedestrian-friendly, and comfortable environment accessible to all people – a place with a genuine sense of community and deeply rooted on the Maltese culture. The proposal also seeks to combine better accessibility to the heritage assets with a diversified commercial, cultural and sustainable offer. It is envisaged that this interaction will strengthen the attraction of the island to both potential visitors and residents.
The main objectives of the amended masterplan include;
- Restoration and adaptive re-use of heritage assets
- Public Open Spaces
- Sustainability Strategy
- Public Accessibility
- Gżira FC Pitch and Ancillary facilities
- Boċċi Club
- Connectivity to the mainland
- Marina and related facilities
- Manoel Island Residences
- Commercial Offering
- Hospitality Offering