Valletta Cruise Port, operators of the Valletta Waterfront have recently finalised the restoration of the historic Forni Stores

Valletta Waterfront’s Forni Buildings rejuvenated - Valletta Waterfront’s Forni Buildings restored (Image at - February 2024)Valletta Cruise Port, operators of the Valletta Waterfront have recently finalised the restoration of the historic Forni Stores.

The buildings referred to as Forni Stores consist of two separate blocks varying in size and proportion. The block closer to Pinto Stores is known as Forni 1 and was built in 1720, with the façade divided into two bays. The other block known as Forni 2 is composed of 3 bays and is older having been constructed in 1626.

Although Forni Stores must have been originally constructed to provide storage facilities, these were in 1810, converted by the British Navy into a bakery. This was the first naval bakery that furnished the growing navy with ship biscuits. The dramatic increase in the size of the navy during the first half of the nineteenth century resulted however in the need for a larger bakery, specifically built to meet the required efficient rate of biscuit production, thus meaning that Forni Stores were otherwise used during more recent history.

With Valletta Waterfront located in Malta’s Grand Harbour and highly susceptible to the natural elements, great care is taken that the many features of these historical edifices are protected from elemental erosion.

Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of Global Ports Holding commented, ‘Working on buildings of this age and cultural significance is an honour which however comes with a great responsibility. Valletta Cruise Port strives to bring the beauty of these buildings into the future, actively preserving our heritage whilst planning for our common future. It is vital to preserve Malta’s unique architectural heritage, especially through the conservation of our traditional landscape and local stone. Indeed, as operators of Valletta Cruise Port we constantly receive remarks from ship captains and crew that the sight of our historic port edifices glistening in the light of the Mediterranean sun is one of the most welcoming sights in any port worldwide. It is our prerogative to be curators of this parcel of land within our historic Grand Harbour and to sustain efforts to preserve it.’

The Forni Stores restoration consisted of a very elaborate process ongoing over 11 months. This included carefully numbering each individual stone, followed by stone repair or replacement as required in the case of individual, badly deteriorated stones. Cleaning included the manual removal of accumulated dirt and dust mostly present on stones constructing the ledges or protruding parts of the building, as well as loose stone fragments.

About Valletta Cruise Port Plc

Fresh from celebrating its 20th anniversary from the start of cruise operations, award-winning Valletta Cruise Port Malta is a key port of call and a thriving homeport, with a strategic location in the central Mediterranean. It offers a safe haven for ships and a variety of 24/7 support services. Valletta’s quays are ISPS-compliant and can handle the largest cruise vessels. Shore-side operations are complemented by various shops, cafes, restaurants and other amenities situated opposite the berthing quays on the Valletta Waterfront. A signatory to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Valletta Cruise Port has also been awarded the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

About Global Ports Holding Plc

Global Ports Holding Plc (GPH) is the world’s largest cruise port operator with an established presence in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific regions, including extensive commercial port operations in Montenegro.
Established in 2004 as an independent cruise port operator with a diversified portfolio of cruise and commercial ports, the group holds a unique position in the cruise port landscape, positioning itself as the world’s leading cruise port brand. With an integrated platform of cruise ports serving cruise liners, ferries, yachts, and mega-yachts, GPH operates 30 ports in 17 countries and continues to grow steadily. The group also offers commercial port operations which specialize in container, bulk, and general cargo handling.

(Valletta Cruise Port, operators of the Valletta Waterfront have recently finalised the restoration of the historic Forni Stores – Valletta Cruise Port, Global Ports Holding)