3,000sqm of developable land will be turned into a green open space featuring landscaped areas, play equipment, a nature hut and zones for different activities at the heart of the Bormla community.
Proposals for the site, presently used for a parking lot adjacent to the American University of Malta, have already been presented to the public during a public consultation held a few months ago by Project Green. As a result of this discussion, Project Green updated the original plans to better meet the community’s requirements.
A planning application has now been submitted to the Planning Authority. The proposed plans for the site were presented during a press conference held at the Bormla Local Council by Environment Minister Miriam Dalli and Project Green CEO Steve Ellul.
The revamped space will include a meditation area, a nursing area, a nature hut, inclusive play equipment, picnic spots, parkour zones and artisan corners, with the project’s guiding principle being that of delivering a space that places the community at the heart of the project.
To address parking limitations, the project will also cater for underground parking, set to accommodate some 240 spaces.
The urban greening project in Bormla is an electoral measure that shows how underutilised spaces in our country can be revitalised. Through strategic landscaping and greenery integration, the project will enhance urban biodiversity. In connection with the area’s history and preserving cultural heritage, historical archways have been incorporated in the project and all construction works will be closely monitored by archaeological experts.
“We are looking at delivering projects where the community can feel part of the project from its inception. Consultation, along with the sustainability and long-term maintenance of the projects, are crucial principles to any project that we are delivering. We know that the presented planning plans represent a project that the community was asking for, taking onboard the feedback that came through e-NGOs, residents, and stakeholders,” Minister Miriam Dalli said.
Minister Dalli reminded that this year, Project Green and other entities within the Environment Ministry have already completed more than 45,000 square metres of new or regenerated gardens and other open spaces across the country.
In his remarks, Steve Ellul, CEO of Project Green noted the public’s input, which has been ongoing for the past months. Project Green has met with children in schools, NGOs and the general public living in Bormla on a number of occasions, which have been pivotal in shaping the project’s design, which is now finalised and submitted to the relevant authorities.
“The Urban Greening – Bormla Project reimagines urban spaces, creating a sense of belonging. Through collaboration, we’re turning vision into reality. This initiative aligns with our mission of weaving nature into urban landscapes,” said Steve Ellul.