SmartCity Malta

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Smart CitySmartCity Malta_table_caption_0
TypeSmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_0_0 ICT and media parkSmartCity Malta_cell_0_0_1
IndustrySmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_1_0 Information Technology Business ParkSmartCity Malta_cell_0_1_1
GenreSmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_2_0 Infrastructure Service ProviderSmartCity Malta_cell_0_2_1
FoundedSmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_3_0 10 September 2007SmartCity Malta_cell_0_3_1
FounderSmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_4_0 TECOM Investments and Sama DubaiSmartCity Malta_cell_0_4_1
HeadquartersSmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_5_0 Kalkara, MaltaSmartCity Malta_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteSmartCity Malta_header_cell_0_6_0 SmartCity Malta_cell_0_6_1

SmartCity is a technology park under development in Kalkara, Malta. SmartCity Malta_sentence_0

The original plan was to transform the Ricasoli Industrial Estate into an information technology and media city on the models of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City. SmartCity Malta_sentence_1

The project was unveiled on 10 September 2007 by then Prime Minister of Malta, Lawrence Gonzi. SmartCity Malta_sentence_2

The project was estimated to cost at least €275 million. SmartCity Malta_sentence_3

The whole development, which covers an area of 360,000 square metres, was planned to be fully completed in 2021, although the first offices opened in 2010. SmartCity Malta_sentence_4

In May 2018, it was revealed that Malta Properties Company was in talks with SmartCity (Dubai) to acquire its majority shareholding in SmartCity (Malta). SmartCity Malta_sentence_5

In June 2018 the Planning Authority announced that it was considering changes to the master plan for the rezoning of certain areas for residential development, possibly indicating that the project for an ICT village was being abandoned and replaced with plans for a residential area. SmartCity Malta_sentence_6

Outline planning SmartCity Malta_section_0

On 23 April 2008 it was announced that the decision by SmartCity Malta to allocate more space for its business park meant that this park would employ more than 8,500 people, when the agreed figure for employment there had been 3,000. SmartCity Malta_sentence_7

Smart City Malta, would have the space to employ 11,000, making it one of the biggest economic concentrations in Malta. SmartCity Malta_sentence_8

SmartCity Malta formally submitted its outline planning application for the development at Ricasoli to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (Mepa) on 29 April 2008. SmartCity Malta_sentence_9

The submission includes a full Environmental Impact Assessment and Traffic Impact Assessment. SmartCity Malta_sentence_10

SmartCity Malta has applied for up to 158,500 square metres of business space, which represents an increase of 54 per cent over the business space which Smart City Malta is contractually bound to develop. SmartCity Malta_sentence_11

On the other hand, the gross floor area of the residential component has been reduced by 30 per cent, down to 60,000 square metres. SmartCity Malta_sentence_12

In terms of the Outline Planning Application, the residential component makes up 19 per cent of the total gross floor area of the project. SmartCity Malta_sentence_13

The application also provides for a huge public open space of 118,000 square metres, to serve as a primary recreational area for neighbouring communities. SmartCity Malta_sentence_14

The energy requirements for Smart City Malta will be of 41.2MW. SmartCity Malta_sentence_15

SmartCity Malta has been allocated a budget of €48 million for 2010. SmartCity Malta_sentence_16

SmartCity has also drawn up plans to market the project in China, Japan, Korea, Australia and Egypt. SmartCity Malta_sentence_17

In June 2018 the Planning Authority announced that it was considering changes to the master plan for the rezoning of certain areas for residential development. SmartCity Malta_sentence_18

In a separate report, the Environment and Resources Authority stated that "the development of Smart City was proceeding at a much slower rate than was envisaged.” This announcement coincided with reports that Malta Properties Company was in talks with SmartCity (Dubai) for the acquisition of the latter's majority shareholding in SmartCity (Malta). SmartCity Malta_sentence_19

Plans for Residential Units SmartCity Malta_section_1

In June 2017, it was reported that real estate agents were advertising high-end residential apartments within the SmartCity site, even though the master plan and the permits issued by the Planning Authority did not feature any permits for residential units. SmartCity Malta_sentence_20

In June 2018 it was confirmed that the Planning Authority was considering changes to the master plans for drastic increases to the height limitations, and rezoning of certain areas for residential development. SmartCity Malta_sentence_21

Commercial Space SmartCity Malta_section_2

The commercial space, more specifically, the Office Blocks have been developed in such a way as to meet the most stringent industry demands for companies who rely on data as a core part of their business with numerous layers of redundancy to ensure maximum levels of business continuity. SmartCity Malta_sentence_22

The SmartCity campus is managed through the Central Campus Management System (CCMS) and is monitored and secured 24/7. SmartCity Malta_sentence_23

Thermal comfort and Air Quality control is maintained through the use of HVAC systems that provide office tenants a filtered and controlled environmental experience. SmartCity Malta_sentence_24

Lighting is handled using an Intelligent BMS (Building Management System), which results in substantial cost saving and presents itself as a greener approach for lighting solutions. SmartCity Malta_sentence_25

See also SmartCity Malta_section_3

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