Grand Master’s Palace Regeneration Project in Malta Wins Awards

The Grand Master’s Palace - image courtesy of MTA
The Grand Master’s Palace - image courtesy of MTA
Written by Linda Hohnholz

The Grand Master’s Palace Regeneration Project in Valletta, Malta’s historic Capital, has been awarded the 2023 Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning (MASP) Awards. This project won the prestigious Public Vote Award and received a special commendation for its extensive restoration efforts.

Launched in 2019 by the Planning Authority, the Malta Architectural and Spatial Planning (MASP) Awards, under the Patronage of the President of Malta, recognize outstanding contributions to architecture and the environment built by architects, interior designers, and other professionals. The jury praised the project, stating: “The enhancement of its valorization, through a meticulous conservation, restoration and rehabilitation agenda, deserved this commendation.” 

Helga Ellul, Chairperson of the MASP Awards jury, presented Heritage Malta with an official brass plaque to commemorate this achievement. The plaque will be affixed at the Grand Master’s Palace. 

Presentation of the brass plaque at the Palace by MASP jury Chairperson, Helga Ellul
Presentation of the brass plaque at the Palace by MASP jury Chairperson, Helga Ellul

Heritage Malta’s CEO, Noel Zammit, expressed his gratitude: “We are particularly honored to have won this award.”

“The Agency exists to ensure that our common heritage is restored, preserved and rendered accessible, and we regard this award as a vote of confidence by the public in our work, which fuels us to do even more.” 

Heritage Malta is currently actively working on other significant projects, including Villa Guardamangia, the Malta Maritime Museum, Villa Portelli, and the Bighi Ex-Royal Naval Hospital Conservation Centre.

Aspects of the new visitor center)
Aspects of the new visitor center

About Malta

Malta and its sister islands Gozo and Comino, an archipelago in the Mediterranean, boasts a year round sunny climate and 8,000 years of intriguing history. It is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, Malta’s Capital, built by the proud Knights of St. John. Malta has the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, showcasing one of the British Empire’s most formidable defense systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military structures from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. Rich in culture, Malta has a year-round calendar of events and festivals, attractive beaches, yachting, trendy gastronomical scene with 7 Michelin-starred restaurants and a thriving nightlife, there is something for everyone. 

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Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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