Planning Authority approves 690 room University residence complex

The Planning Authority has given the green light for a six-block, 690 room University residential complex to be built between the University of Malta’s Msida campus and Mater Dei Hospital.

The residential complex will consist of six separate blocks with varying heights that will not exceed a maximum of 10 floors.  It will also provide 4 subterranean levels which will provide 456 parking spaces.  The development will take up around 8,750 square metres of land.

The project will also include three levels of commercial space overlooking the university access road, a language school, indoor garden and an outdoor swimming pool.  Five blocks will be reserved as student accommodation, whilst the sixth block will be taken up as administrative space for the University.

The student accommodation will primarily take the shape of student accommodation blocks abroad, wherein rooms will be in blocks with communal kitchens and living rooms. Other communal buildings like a launderette and a canteen are also part of the project. Another block will provide lecture space to the University.

The complex will be built on land currently occupied by a garden centre situated between Mater Dei Hospital and the University of Malta’s Msida campus.  The site itself is known as Ta’ Gjalpos, and while it is designated as an Outside Development Zone, it was ear-marked for potential expansions of either the University or the hospital.  A vernacular farmhouse on the site will be dismantled and relocated.

The project was approved after a complaint submitted by Mater Dei Hospital was dropped.  The complaint was dropped after the developers  promise a set of mitigation measures for during the construction process to make sure that the operation of the hospital and the well-being of its patients were not affected by the construction phase of the project.