Enhancing the visitor experience at Ggantija Temples
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Heritage Malta has announced that it has published the tender for the construction, finishing and landscaping works in relation to ‘Enhancing the visitor experience at the Ggantija Heritage Park – World Heritage Site’, to service the 180,000 annual visitors to Ggantija, considered to be the world’s oldest freestanding building.The scheme for the project, by Perit Robert Sant, was chosen following an international design contest held in 2009. The necessary permits were issued on 9 December 2010.
The tendering period elapses on 5 April 2011. Works are envisaged to commence on site towards the end of this year and are expected to last fifteen months. All necessary arrangements shall be in place to minimize the effect on visitors to the Ggantija Temples during the duration of the works.
This tender forms part of Heritage Malta’s €9.2 million Archaeological Heritage Conservation Project, 85% of which is co-financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and includes works on three sites, namely the Tarxien Temples, the Ggantija Heritage Park in Gozo and St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat.
Concurrently, through funds by the Vodafone Malta Foundation, a walkway within and around the Ggantija Temples is currently being constructed and installation shall shortly commence. The walkway will render the temples accessible to all while safeguarding the prehistoric floors and surfaces.