Senglea entrance project nearing completion
- On 18 May 2023
Through a €4.5 million investment, the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation (GHRC) is finalising works on the regeneration of the main entrance to Senglea, in the area known as St. Anne’s Gate. This was announced by Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Capital Projects, Aaron Farrugia, and GHRC CEO Gino Cauchi during an on-site visit.
This project aims to regenerate Senglea’s main entrance and its surrounding fortifications. This project also sought to create safe access to the site of the Belvedere on top of the fortifications, which was previously permanently off-limits to the public.
The work was divided into three separate phases. The first phase of the project included the restoration of the main entrance archway, and 8,850 square metres of fortifications. The iconic clock and gardjola were also restored. Due to its advanced state of deterioration, the gardjola had to be practically rebuilt.
The second phase involved the regeneration of Mitrovich Square. The main work at this stage was the re-alignment of the square, which was originally built on a slope. All existing infrastructure was rerouted underground. At this point, the boċċi club premises were relocated, and a second small public square was created just beneath the Belvedere.
Presently, the project is in its third and final phase. During this phase, the structures that will provide public access to the Belvedere are being constructed. A visitor centre is being constructed instead of the two rooms that collapsed. During this phase, the project will also see the installation of a lift for those with mobility issues.
Minister Aaron Farrugia explained how this project is a clear example of the GHRC’s efforts to regenerate the areas surrounding the Grand Harbour. He explained that the majority of the projects that the corporation undertakes are historically significant by their very nature and that the interventions must be carefully planned to strike a balance between infrastructural improvements and the preservation of their historic heritage.
“Through the work being carried out, we are continuing to make the Grand Harbour and its surrounding areas a strong economic pillar for our country. We will continue to invest in these areas so that there is always a good balance between investment, growth, and the wellbeing of its residents,” concluded Minister Farrugia.