The project, with a total investment of €28 million, €10 million of which are co-funded via the ERDF, aims to comprehensively carry out an extensive restoration programme of the entire palace and to render most areas of the palace accessible to the public.
Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera and Heritage Malta CEO Noel Zammit visited the extensive restoration works being carried out at the Grand Master’s Palace.
“The Grand Master’s Palace restoration project is one of the main priorities for my ministry and I am satisfied that a project of this magnitude is being managed and coordinated in a professional manner by Heritage Malta and its contractors,” said Minister Herrera, remarking that this is the first holistic restoration project being carried out at the Palace.
Heritage Malta CEO Noel Zammit remarked that although the museums and heritage sites managed by the entity are closed to the general public, due the restrictions related to COVID-19, work on various capital projects are still being carried out.
“This is the largest project Heritage Malta is proud to be entrusted with, worth €28 million in investment,” stated Zammit, outlining that the project is divided into four phases with certain conservation works on various artifacts are also being carried out at the conservation labs at Villa Bighi, Heritage Malta’s head office.
The first phase of the project, which is funded through ERDF funds, is projected to be completed by end of 2021 and includes a visitor centre in the areas formerly used by the Attorney General’s offices at ground floor, the reinstatement of the Palace Armoury in its original location at the former Parliament, the restoration of the artworks in the Piano Nobile Corridor including walls and ceilings and the reinstatement of the Ucceleria.
These works shall be then complemented by an €18 million investment from local funds, to restore the remaining areas of the palace, which includes the staterooms and the ground floor areas as well as the extensive basement complex underlying the building. These works shall be implemented in three phases and expected to be completed in the next four to five years.