Restoration work carried out by MIDI consortium on the Garden Battery in Tigne’ in Tas-Sliema has been recognised in the Architectural Heritage Awards organised by ‘Din l-Art’ Ħelwa’ organisation.
The British-era battery, built towards the end of the 19th Century, is situated adjacent to the shopping and modern building complex in Tigne’.
Garden Battery, between Cambridge and Tigne’ forts, formed part of the Marsamxett and Grand Harbour line of defence. The battery was rediscovered during works on the Tigne’ Point project in the beginning of 2000, and although it did not form part of the project’s original design, MIDI decided to protect the battery.
Architect Ivan Piccinino said that MIDI revised its designs to protect this heritage and to integrate it in the project. “First, we removed the material on the battery as it was covered. This was a British building; we carried out the necessary studies and surveys and then we studied how to integrate it in the project”.
He added that the greatest challenge was the work under the tunnel for a road to link the southern part of Tigne’ with the northern part.
“Dredging work was needed in certain parts under the battery and we introduced columns and big iron beams to support the battery. We then made excavations underneath, in a depth of 10 metres and we could build the road”.
The Garden Battery restoration was recognised in the 14th edition of the Architectural Heritage Awards, organised by Din l-Art Ħelwa in collaboration with the Architects Chamber.