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€40m Trident Park Development Malta approved

Trident Park is a new office development in Malta and was approved unanimously by the Malta Planning Authority on 7th December 2017.

The €40 million development is earmarked for completion by end 2020 and is part of the 6-hectare transformation of the Simonds Farsons Cisk brewery site. The original art deco brewery is now listed.

The €40 million office development will complement the transformation of the Old Brewhouse, the latter starting on site in 2018 and includes a Visitor Centre with supporting food and other retail outlets, social amenities and flexible and dramatic workspace carved out of the multi-level concrete structure.

Trident Park is planned for completion by the end of 2020. The development has been designed by Ian Ritchie Architects Limited, with the support of Malta-based engineers, TBA Periti.

It will have more than 18,000 square metres of office space and 5,000m2 of landscaped gardens.

The concept of the business park is a series of pavilions, set in a series of courtyard gardens, inspired by the character of Maltese palaces. With the support of Doug King, the new offices optimise the natural environment while minimising energy consumption and the use of air-conditioning through integrating chilled floor slabs, self-shading buildings and openable windows. The structure, solid external envelope, shading and external works will all be produced locally in Malta.

The pavilions exceed 95% nett area through inventive planning.

Louis Farrugia’s father, an architect, had worked with the Scottish architect William Binnie (Highbury Stadium) on the 1948 brewery building. Now, following the international competition Mr Farrugia, chairman of the client body has coincidentally also chosen a British architect of Scottish origin. “It’s almost a case of history repeating itself,” and describes it as a happy coincidence.
“We communicated our passion and vision and Ian’s team understood the commitment and is impassioned by it too.” Mr Farrugia says of the entrusted architect.

On the heritage aspect, Ian Ritchie says “It is not the aesthetic beauty, or the age of an old building that matters. The only criterion is the public interest in the object. And setting that object in harmony and integral with contemporary architecture is a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.  I am not pessimistic about public perception. Aesthetic values and their acceptance shift over time. The truth is that we have been simultaneously ignoring and appreciating this sort of thing throughout history.”

    

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