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- 12,000sqm private site in Sliema’s existing Commercial and Residential Urban Centre
- 7,500sqm, circa 62%, is to be dedicated to open pedestrian walkways, landscaped green spaces and gardens – the largest car-free zone in Sliema’s town centre
- 159 residential apartments
- Shopping, cafés and original dining
- A business centre
- Underground public and residents’ parking
The land is owned by Townsquare Sliema Ltd, a joint-venture between the Ganado, Gasan, Soler and Trapani-Galea families.
- Yes, in the new proposed design, the residential tower has been reduced in height by over 37 metres – equivalent to 11 storeys.
- The new proposed tower will be made up of one double-height commercial ground level and 27 levels for quality residences. Its new proposed design is sleek and contemporary and triangular in plan with rounded apexes and concave faces.
The buildings close to the tower have now been significantly reduced in height and in size, and repositioned so as to introduce better flow, more green landscaping and a new garden to the rear.
No, they will remain unchanged as per the previous application at 159 high-end apartments.
Absolutely not. The new design keeps circa the same 7,500sqm area as pedestrian outdoor space – the largest car-free safe zone in Sliema’s town centre for all the public to enjoy.
Yes, absolutely. The open spaces will be accessible by the public. Our aim is to develop a social meeting space for all the community, and to encourage cultural and community events.
Not really. The main concept behind Townsquare is that it will become a direct extension of the existing shopping destination of “the Ferries”, Bisazza Street and Tower Road. Townsquare’s aim is to strengthen this part of Sliema as a top choice for shopping, business and food.
A series of pedestrian streets, piazzas, sunken gardens, walkways and green areas – all outdoors and all 100% car-free. The retail areas’ design also saw the contribution of Retail Design specialists.
We have employed top local and international firms to assure that these new residences will be quality homes and that they will enhance and improve the overall value of this part of Sliema.
No. They will be only available should our plans received the green light from the authorities.
Yes, the proposals include underground parking for approximately 748 cars. A number of parking spaces will be designated for car-share parking only and electric vehicles, and include car charging stations. There will also be secure bicycle parking facilities on site as part of a bicycle friendly initiative.
Yes, the 19th-century villa has been in a state of disrepair for many years. It will be expertly restored by the Developer’s Lead Architects – Martin Xuereb & Associates – who recently completed the full restoration of the Cittadella in Rabat, Gozo. The villa will be carefully restored to its former glory. Set back from the bustle of Tower Road, it is one of the last of its kind to survive in Sliema and will take pride of place within our project. The villa will house commercial establishments, with indoor and outdoor dining and cafés in the surrounding sunken gardens.
- We are committed to incorporating sustainable development practices in the project. The proposed density of the development makes efficient use of the available land, which is itself a scarce resource in Sliema, while still respecting the scale and character of the neighbourhood and creating significant open space.
- The project will incorporate environmentally friendly design features, including thermal insulation, passive ventilation and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity wherever appropriate. The external lighting will be energy efficient and carefully directed to avoid unnecessary light pollution to the environment.
- The location offers excellent walkability and is well served by public transportation, providing easy access to a full range of services and amenities. We intend to incorporate ample bicycle racks in the public space as well as bicycle storage options for the project’s residents and employees, further reducing car travel.
Excavation work for most of the site has been completed. The remaining excavation works should take a further 3 months, should the permit be reinstated.
During the first phase of excavation we successfully introduced a range of measures to mitigate inconvenience as much as possible. These included replacing pneumatic hammers with specialist noise-limiting excavation equipment, and rigorous water spraying methods. We will continue to implement best practice and ensure that we establish regular lines of communication with residents and respective residents’ associations.
In addition to the disturbance-reducing methods we have already mentioned, we will also ensure that all trucks exiting the site go through wheel-washing facilities to keep the streets clean. Furthermore, the streets will be washed down at the end of each working day.
How would trucks and construction machinery travel in and out of the site during excavation and construction?
Trucks or heavy vehicles will not pass through the internal roads of Sliema. They will exit only onto Qui-Si-Sana.
No, any cranes or other machinery would be based within our own site perimeter.
In line with the appeal hearing, we are submitting detailed plans and updating studies over the next few months including a new social impact assessment to enable our application to be assessed by the Planning Authority board.
The development of Townsquare would take around 3.5 years, should the permit be reinstated.