The Malta Independent 20 January 2019, Sunday

MIA sets the Skyparks 2 development ball rolling

Friday, 11 January 2019, 10:12 Last update: about 9 days ago

Malta International Airport said it has taken the next step in the realisation of an important part of its comprehensive master plan for the airport campus; the development of SkyParks 2 with an earmarked investment of circa €40 million.

Having issued a call for offers for the provision of architectural and engineering services for this building, Malta International Airport is inviting prospective bidders to submit an initial design concept for SkyParks 2 by 13 February 2019, the company said in a statement.

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“In line with the company’s strategy of investing further in its retail and property segment, the mixed-purpose building is planned to house office and commercial space, as well as introduce a business hotel in the proximity of the terminal.”

“Envisaged to have a footprint of 1,400 square metres and a rating of at least 4 stars, this hotel will enable primarily business travellers to maximise their time in Malta. A separate invitation for tenders issued at a later stage will form part of the selection process of an operator for this hotel.”

SkyParks 2’s initial design concept is required to include conceptual elements geared at achieving energy efficiency and rendering the building eligible for BREEAM assessment and subsequent certification.

“The precursor of Malta International Airport’s next development – SkyParks Business Centre – was one of the first buildings in Malta to be awarded such certification in 2012, affirming the company’s commitment to growing in an environmentally sustainable manner.”

Having reached full occupancy shortly after its inauguration, SkyParks Business Centre highlighted a need for office space and leisure options in the southern area of the island, which will continue to be addressed with the development of SkyParks 2, MIA said.

Works on SkyParks II are expected to be set into motion once Malta International Airport re-assesses the feasibility of this project following the ideation stage and finalises its ongoing multi-storey car park project, which is slated for completion in 2020.

Malta International Airport’s master plan was approved by the local Planning Authority in 2018. Besides the development of SkyParks 2, the master plan provides for an extension of the existing terminal building, which would enable Malta International Airport to cater for future growth in passenger numbers.

 

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