The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) Board earlier this month granted a full development permit for the rehabilitation and re-use of the Lazzaretto complex at Manoel Island. The extensive restoration works together with the reinstatement of a second, intermediate floor to certain parts of the building will accommodate a number of residential units, office facilities, a casino and a car park.
All the interventions are acceptable and sensitive to the cultural and historic values of this site. Works will include the removal of a number of accretions that are of no architectural, historical or contextual significance. These interventions were mainly constructed in the post war period and are now in a very dilapidated state.
Lazzeretto was developed on Manoel Island in Marsamxett harbour, for the isolation of passengers, animals and merchandise to avoid the introduction of epidemics on the Island. In 1940, parts of Lazzaretto were converted into a submarine base/HQ.