Birgu, Senglea & Bormla, Malta. Exploring the built heritage to strengthen communities
Wedged in between 16th century buildings and post-war architecture, Dock 1 was an abandoned dockyard area on the shores of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, known as ‘The Three Cities’. The waterfront, which was walled off to the public, was a spatial and physical barrier. The industrial heritage was not enhanced and the whole area was poorly connected to the surrounding urban fabric, resulting in its spatial and social separation.
The Dock1 Regeneration Project aimed at an urban, social, environmental and landscape regeneration of the area, to once again unite, rather than divide, the ‘Three Cities’. A continuous 2.5 km long promenade was created, linking Senglea’s and Vittoriosa’s waterfronts with gardens and public spaces and retaining the industrial heritage of the dockyard. As a result, the connectivity across the harbour was improved, while urban spaces of greater quality were provided to inhabitants.