There is still time – just – to register for the Chartered Institute of Building’s international built heritage conference taking place in Malta 1-3 November, offering behind-the-scenes tours of grand, historic buildings currently undergoing restoration in the capital, Valletta.
Put together with the Malta Chamber of Construction Management, the conference will probe the challenge of restoring the physical integrity of old buildings while preserving their heritage significance, making them accessible to the public and adapting them for the impacts of climate change under principles set out by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos).
Delegates will see first-hand how Icomos principles were applied on the national community art museum, Muża, and the Grandmaster’s Palace, currently the Office of the President of Malta.
Other buildings to be explored include the 19th Century ex-Royal Naval Hospital Bighi, which now houses “Esplora”, an interactive science centre, and the Valletta Design Cluster, sited in a renovated abattoir built in the 1640s.
Accommodation is provided by the 5-star Phoenicia Hotel.