Fort Chambray Property for Sale

Fort Chambray Maisonettes For Sale

fort chambray development in gozo

About Fort Chambray

 

 

Fort Chambray Is One Of The Most Exciting Property Investment Opportunities In The Mediterranean. Originally Built By The Knights Of St John, The Fort Combines An Eclectic And Exciting History With An Impressive Future As A Centre For Luxury, Excellence And All The Good Things In Life.

Fort Chambray is an old city within a fortress in Gozo. The site was intended to be a fortified city built by the Knights of the Order of StJohn 250 years ago for the protection of the island’s inhibatants, particularly from the Ottoman Empire.

The rehabilitation and development of the Fort, a challenging project currently underway, offers a unique and rare opportunity to create a major and diverse residential, tourist or leisure business operation. It is superbly located within a place of historic and cultural importance, on a safe island offering all the advantages of an unspoilt, warm, Mediterranean climate.

The development comprises a number of new residential blocks built in stone by local tradesmen using traditional methods. The typology and clustering of the buildings have been adopted in a manner that creates a traditional, local village core environment in a modern interpretation to render the entire Fort Chambray: an upmarket, unique development.

A central imposing building, the Knights’ Barracks, is undergoing restoration and will form the nerve centre of the development. The architectural details and historical value of this building can only enhance its use as a Commercial and Conference Centre.

Fort Chambray also overlooks the picturesque bay of Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar and faces the South Comino Channel. The breathtaking view from this point is unforgettable.

Whilst above ground, the development of the Fortified City concept is anchored to local, traditional building methods and stone finishes. A massive construction for car parks and traffic has been built underground, thus ensuring traffic-free residential areas above ground.

Works at Fort Chambray have been sectioned into three phases, with Phase 1 and Phase 2 completed and Phase 3 to be completed. Residents have in fact already started moving in, giving further life to this development.

This traffic-free environment gives a marked beauty to the details of landscaped gardens, open spaces and piazzas that will adorn the residential units.

Fort Chambray is a Special Designated Area.

The Layout

Whilst above ground, the development of the Fortified City concept is anchored to local, traditional building methods and stone finishes. A massive construction for car parks and traffic has been built underground, thus ensuring traffic-free residential areas above ground.

This traffic-free environment gives a marked beauty to the details of landscaped gardens, open spaces and piazzas that will adorn the residential units.

Units available include villas, maisonettes and apartments. 64 of these units are two bedroomed single units whereas the remaining 21 units are divided into two and three bedroomed duplex units. The units located at ground floor are complemented by generous terrace spaces, whereas 19 out of the 21 duplexes also have privately owned roofs.

A large number of units are south-facing and enjoy unobstructed sea views. All units enjoy internal development views and the north-facing units also enjoy country views from both the living and bedroom spaces.

The last stage of completion of the Fort Chambray complex, and incorporates the Knights’ Barracks and Polverista which will be converted into commercial outlets that include retail, food & beverage and entertainment. This phase will also include a total of 200 residential apartments as well as a 100 room boutique spa hotel.

Facilities

The concept surrounding Fort Chambray is that it will grow to become a self-contained village with all the modern facilities that today’s luxury lifestyle requires.

The residential areas promise to be quiet havens while the communal and commercial sections of the complex will be bustling and full of life – offering residents a nice variety of options for day-to-day living. Investors are buying an integrated package that will incorporate lavish communal areas including pools and gardens, a gymnasium, restaurants, bars, shops, and a boutique hotel.

Restoration

Historically, the Knights of Malta always intended Fort Chambray to be an entire development, a city planned in a grid-like fashion and incorporating the Knights’ Barracks strategically located at the fulcrum of the whole settlement. The concept has since been developed further to make best use of the historical assets located within the fort, found at a series of nodes and landscaped open spaces at public, semi-public and private interfaces.

This strong urban design concept lies at the foundation of the development’s design, with the resulting blocks located in a manner that exploits the views out of the Fort (both seaward and inward country views), and with the future blocks planned to respect the original historical intent and configuration that links up and relates to the individual historical landmarks and public areas.

Architectural Features

Designing in such a heavily historical and committed context requires a sensible and intelligent approach that does not copy or reproduce, but that reinterprets existing motifs to create a new and complementing design that blends in the particular context that is Fort Chambray, as opposed to competing with the surrounding architectural features. The design objectives have therefore revolved around finding new ways of reinterpreting traditional vernacular architecture and complementing the stonework with timber, metal and glass in a balanced and orderly fashion.

An Environmentally Sensitive Approach

A strong and consistent environmental and energy-efficient approach has been adopted throughout the entire development, from the design of the residential blocks to the open spaces that surround them. The residential blocks are worked in pairs, separated by a partially covered internal street that creates a temperate transitional space between the more exposed outer areas and the internal environments. Indeed, soft and hard landscaping is a prevailing element within the whole project – the open areas are embellished by trees that naturally shade a number of areas, together with a number of water elements (both public water features and private pools within the residences) that help cool the spaces further during the hot summer months.

On a micro scale the external walls of all the residences are double-leaf cavity walls whilst all glazing used is low-emissivity double glazing and the majority of apertures are further supplied with external louvers to block out the sun if required while permitting the opening of the internal glazed aperture even on rainy days to ventilate the rooms. All these measures provide acceptable U-values that comply with the EU’s Energy Directive and that guarantee an efficient energy performance of all the units.

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