The Grand Harbour Regeneration Plan

An analytical Study Investigating the Sustainable Use of Housing Stock in Valletta

Hausarbeit, 2011

11 Seiten


Table of Contents


Background of the Study

The case of Grand Harbour

The case of Valletta

Research Questions

Research Objectives


Expected Outcomes of the Project


The Grand Harbour Regeneration Plan: An Analytical Study Investigating the Sustainable Use of Housing Stock in Valletta


The issue of sustainable development is a significant point of discussion for geographers, demographers, urban planners, researchers in the field, resource management professionals, and architects. Aside from its value in the professional and academic field, it also holds considerable significance in the communities undergoing urban regeneration strategies such as those in Valletta and the Grand Harbour (The Government of Malta, 2007).

The aim of this research study is to investigate the concepts of sustainable development through urban regeneration in the rehabilitation plans for the two areas in question. It is imperative that existing literature will also be undertaken regarding the underlying issues of proposed projects, counterexamples as proof to urban regeneration malpractices alongside geographic and architectural key concepts relevant to the study as a whole. Aside from these, the study will also recommend efficient urban planning strategies, which will promote, and hold true to the principles of urban regeneration based on a sustainable development framework.

Background of the Study

In order to contextualize the study, a background consisting of relevant information regarding the subject is necessary. This background includes the historical and cultural values of both Valletta, and the Grand Harbour area together with brief demographics of the locations, as well as, the Maltese islands.

For the purpose of this study, the Grand Harbour area will mean, and include the Port area, and those towns and industrial areas immediately surrounding, and related to the Grand Harbour itself.  It, therefore, will include the water area and shoreline. The landward areas are Valletta, Floriana, Marsa (including Albert Town), Kordin, Senglea, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, and Kalkara (including Ricasoli). Although each has its own characteristics and problems, they are, nevertheless, all commonly associated with the Grand Harbour - the most significant part of Malta, and the principal port - historically (The Government of Malta, 2007).

The area of this study will therefore cover some 930 hectares, of which the land area is about 728 hectares and the water area is about 202 hectares. The total population is in excess of 38,000. Other than being the historical and cultural heart of Malta, the Grand Harbour area also includes densely populated residential areas, significant greenery and open spaces, and heavy industrial uses, notably the Power Station at Marsa, and Malta Dry docks and Shipbuilding. Of great importance too are the many maritime-related activities which occur around the Harbour (The Government of Malta, 2002).

The case of Grand Harbour

There is an apparent debate as to the current status of the Grand Harbour urban regeneration strategy which gravitates on the proposal to incorporate commercial interest in the urban planning. In 2007, 20 projects were proposed for the urban regeneration of the Grand Harbour which is enumerated as follows (The Government of Malta, 2007):

1) Cruise Liner Terminal
2) Extension of Valletta Cruise Liner Terminal
3) Towing Services Base
4) Rehabilitation of Villa Bighi
5) Audio-visual industry centre in Fort Ricasoli
6) Stoppage of the cleaning of tanks
7) A Maritime Institute
8) Maritime Services
9) Tourism and cultural centre
10) Creation of super yachts in the Senglea waterfront
11) A promenade ranging from Ricasoli to Senglea
12) Extension site for the Corradino quay infrastructure
13) Rinella Creek
14) Reorganization of Xatt il-Mollijiet
15) Commercial Maritime Park
16) Rinella Valley Afforestation
17) New Yacht Marina in Kalkara area
18) Closing down the Marsa Power Station
19) Converting the Sir Paul Boffa Hospital into a hotel
20) Creation of new Maritime infrastructure in Kalkara


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The Grand Harbour Regeneration Plan
An analytical Study Investigating the Sustainable Use of Housing Stock in Valletta
University of Malta
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Philip Diego (Autor), 2011, The Grand Harbour Regeneration Plan, München, GRIN Verlag,


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