Grade 1 pro­tected Ad­mi­ralty House build­ing to be re­stored

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Grade 1 sched­uled Ad­mi­ralty House­build­ing lo­cated in Val­letta will un­dergo restora­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works fol­low­ing the grant­ing of a plan­ning per­mis­sion by the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The works will in­clude the restora­tion of the build­ing’s two street fa­cades, sit­u­ated in South Street and Old Mint Street, in­ter­nal al­ter­ations and change of use from a mu­seum to of­fices. The project will also in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of pho­to­voltaic pan­els, which will be mounted flat, di­rectly on the roof and will in­clude in­ter­ven­tions to make the build­ing ac­ces­si­ble to all.

Once the project is com­plete, the of­fices will be used by the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, whose of­fices are cur­rently lo­cated within the Grand Mas­ter’s Palace and which will be va­cated as part of its re­gen­er­a­tion. Fur­ther­more, the arte­facts of the mu­seum will be re­lo­cated to the Au­berge d’Italie which is be­ing re­de­vel­oped into the new Na­tional Mu­seum of Fine Arts.

The works will be car­ried out ac­cord­ing to an ap­proved Restora­tion Method State­ment and were con­sented to by the Su­per­in­ten­dence of Cul­tural Her­itage and the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity’s Her­itage Plan­ning Unit.

The Ad­mi­ralty House dates back to 1570 and was re­mod­elled in 1760 as a res­i­dence for the Knights of the Or­der of St John. From 1821 to 1961 it be­came the res­i­dence of the Bri­tish naval Com­man­der-inChief of the Mediter­ranean fleet. In 1974 it was in­au­gu­rated as the Na­tional Fine Arts Mu­seum.

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