Architects say it was a mistake to unveil plans for Gozo cruise terminal
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Update: Architects Chapman Taylor in Milan, according to media reports, has said that it was a mistake to publish the plans for cruise liner terminal and yacht marina in Gozo. The project, the company said, is in fact still being adjudicated by the Government.
The news was announced on the company website two days ago, however, the company said it should have been for internal information only within the company.
This morning the Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat, speaking during a press conference at the Castille, said that he could not understand what all the fuss was about, as it was well known that the Government had issued an expression of interest for a project of this type in Gozo.
However, he said that the the project for a Gozo Cruise liner terminal and yacht marina was still in the process of adjudication.
Chapman Taylor announced that it had been chosen to design an “innovative mixed-use project set within a former limestone quarry in tas-Simar, Gozo.”
It said that fourteen entries were shortlisted in the international competition to design a new resort and cruise terminal along this dramatic piece of coastline in Gozo “and it was Chapman Taylor’s resourceful proposal that beat the competition.”“The scheme comprises of a new cruise terminal building and contemporary yacht marina, residential apartments, villas, luxury hotel and retail and leisure facilities all with panoramic views of the ocean. Chapman Taylor’s Milan team meticulously designed the new development to blend into the Mediterranean landscape, carefully manipulating the roughness of the coastline overhanging the site,” the company said.“The land was previously occupied by an old quarry, which meant a complex and challenging task for the architects to deliver a contemporary design that still retains the delicate and harsh beauty of the surroundings.”
Chapman Taylor said that “the new marina will be excavated and settled in a limestone cove eroded by both nature and man, the apartments will emerge from the cliffs and their facades built from the same rock, the villas within their terraced green gardens will cascade down to the sea following the natural slope of the headland.”The project, estimated to cost €300 million, is expected to start next year and will be completed in 2022.
“Essentially, the rock itself has enforced the architecture and acts as the most important construction material that the buildings are merged into,” the company concluded.