The M-towers, also known as the Metropolis Towers, are three towers that are proposed in Gżira, Malta. The tallest of the three, at 33 stories, would become the tallest building on the island, surpassing the 98m Portomaso Business Tower. The towers would form part of a larger project, Metropolis Plaza, to include a plaza, shops and restaurants.[4][5] The project is currently on hold and no development has taken place on site for years.[6]

M-Towers
Alternative namesMetropolis Towers
General information
StatusUnder construction
TypeMixed Use
LocationGżira, Malta
AddressTestaferrata Street
Coordinates35°54′02.6″N 14°29′30.3″E / 35.900722°N 14.491750°E / 35.900722; 14.491750
Construction started6 April 2015
Cost€100 million
Height106 m,[1] 87 m[2] and 55 m[3]
Technical details
Floor count33, 27 and 13
Design and construction
Architecture firmEM Architects
DeveloperMetropolis Developments Limited
Main contractorMetropolis Developments Limited
Other information
Parking618

Planning and developmentEdit

The project is aimed at giving new life to Testaferrata Street, which presently is commonly associated with prostitution.[7] Construction of the towers was supposed to start in 2007 and was estimated to be complete by 2016. The project was estimated to cost €60 million. However, the project was delayed by a number of years due to a lack of finance and permits.

The project was initially approved by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) on 12 March 2009.[8] In November 2014, MEPA approved a number of changes to the Metropolis project, including building a helipad on the roof of the highest tower, a larger car park and the creation of more public places.[9] The project is estimated at €100 million, almost double the original estimate.

The first stone was laid on 6 April 2015 by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.,[10] however one year later no further work has taken place and the foundstation stone has been removed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Metropolis Plaza Tower 1". emporis.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Metropolis Plaza Tower 2". emporis.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Metropolis Plaza Tower 3". emporis.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  4. ^ Macdonald, Vanessa (5 July 2007). "Aiming high". Times of Malta. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Reaching new heights". Times of Malta. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  6. ^ p. 7
  7. ^ Fenech, Gerald (5 August 2007). "Gzira to switch off the red light". Malta Today. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  8. ^ "MEPA approves Gzira high-rise development". Times of Malta. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Gzira's Metropolis Towers project to get more parking spaces, helipad". Times of Malta. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Foundation stone of the Metropolis Plaza in Gzira laid". Times of Malta. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.