The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board approved the re-design of the interpretation centre and ancillary facilities in Dwejra, Gozo with the prime purpose of significantly reducing the visual impact of this development. The re-design includes the part removal of existing frame structure and the relocation of the kitchen facilities to the underground level freeing the upper level from any imposing structures to accommodate an open-air catering facility.
The original Dwejra interpretation centre and its ancillary facilities had been approved by the Development Control Commission in March 2007 but works had been stopped in 2008 following discussions between the applicant and the Dwejra Management Committee on a possible solution to further mitigate the visual impact of the development on the surrounding environment.
The redesign of these facilities is in line with the approved Action Plan for the Qawra/Dwejra Area, on the western coast of the island of Gozo. This Plan calls for the adoption of a comprehensive approach for the conservation and preservation of resources and features of scientific, cultural and aesthetic interest in the area.
The Qui-si-Sana garden, which is situated along the Tigne Promenade, is to be extended and upgraded following the MEPA Board’s approval of works. The re-development of this public recreational space will include a number of play areas, a gazebo, hard and soft landscaping works, public facilities and a network of underground reservoirs.
The recreational space will be developed below street level ensuring that the shading structures and the sanitary facilities will not obstruct the open seaview from the promenade level.