FOUNDATIONS OF FORMER SEAMALTA WERE IN A POOR STATE

November, 22, 2017

The Planning Authority can confirm that the condition of the structural foundations of the former Sea Malta building in Marsa were in such a poor state, that it was posing a risk to the operation of the port in the eventuality that parts of the building collapsed.

The Authority requested a change in the proposal so that the front end of the building which includes the clock tower cannot be demolished as it is not in imminent danger of collapse.

The Structural Appraisal Report which was prepared by third party consultants show ample evidence that the quay structure on which the rear part of the building is built has not only deteriorated but in certain parts collapsed.

The building was originally designed by Mortimer and Degiorgo Architects, in 1948, to serve as a NAFFI warehouse for the British Forces based in Malta. The building also served as a recreational establishment, housing shops and restaurants amongst other facilities.

In 1981 the use of the building was changed to that of an office while still retaining the original building shell and envelope. The building started being used as Head Offices of Sea Malta Company Limited after being transferred from Floriana. Sea Malta was Malta’s national shipping company which operated from these offices until its closure in 2006. The building has been unused since its closure and lain derelict ever since.