The Malta Independent 11 December 2017, Monday

Updated: 25 properties in Sliema given heritage protection through new scheduling

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 15:20 Last update: about 3 days ago

Twenty five properties most of which exhibit a neo-classical design in the locality of Sliema have been given protection status by the Planning Authority. The properties which are clustered in two areas display a collective value since they form part of a row of similar buildings that have the same height, design, proportions, materials, style and massing. The properties have all been given a Grade 2 protection status, the Planning Authority said in a statement.

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One cluster of houses, 20 in total, is located in the vicinity of St Patrick’s School, precisely in Triq Dun Mikiel Rua, Triq Guze' Howard, Triq Poutiatin Tabone and Triq San Gwann Bosco. The other cluster, comprising of five properties is located in Triq il-Katidral. One of the properties also abuts Triq San Pawl.   

The properties were all built in the same period spanning the late 19th century up to the mid 20th century. Although these properties have been protected for their collective value, each one has individual merits for scheduling, often having peculiar features on the facade and interior that distinguish them from other buildings. One particular property is built having an eclectic design, exhibiting classical elements but re-adapted and simplified. 

The properties also have common features that are traditional characteristics of buildings of this particular period. Some of these buildings also have a front garden which is an uncommon feature, and a good sized back garden that is traditional of these types of buildings. Evidently, these buildings were commissioned by prominent patrons designed by celebrated architects and built by some of the finest masons and craftsman in the Maltese Islands at the time.

The Planning Authority said that it is in the process of assessing more properties around the locality of Sliema which merit scheduling.

The authority said it uses the planning tool of scheduling to legally protect properties which are deemed to contain heritage significance. The full list of properties which are scheduled may be viewed from the online register that the Authority has on its website www.pa.org.mt.

In a statement, ENGO Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar said it welcomed the timely and sensitive scheduling of a number of houses in Sliema including those in Cathedral Street. FAA had filed a formal request to the PA for the protection of these properties only a few weeks ago. FAA augurs a new era for the protection of such houses which are part and parcel of our national heritage and an integral part of the urban fabric. FAA said it will continue working for the safeguarding of such architectural heritage, as well as for the introduction of schemes to help owners of these properties to maintain and preserve them, for our common benefit. 

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