‘We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to restore and care for these grand walls that hold so much history. We hope to do them justice and bring them back to life to a level they truly deserve. I’m very proud of all the hard work that the team has put into the restoration to successfully deliver this project on time’ — Ms Denise Xuereb, Director of AX Construction & Development
AX Construction was responsible for the restoration of the bastion, gate, belvedere, and gardjola within the historic fortified city of Senglea. With this renovation, the bastion façades, stone masonry, and clock tower were cleaned from overgrown vegetation, stains, and biological growth, while damaged stone features were repaired or replaced, depending on their condition. Timber and metal apertures were also restored or replaced with structures of identical design. The gardjola overlooking the dockyard and Senglea gate were replaced with accurate replicas due to the severe damage they have suffered along the years.
Senglea’s seaward bastions and series of defensive walls formed part of the Knights’ fortifications around the harbours of Malta, and were instrumental in the island achieving victory against the Ottoman empire in the Great Siege of 1565. The fortifications have been on Malta’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1998.