The Malta Independent, 27 May 2008 – The Kamra tal-Periti applauded the government’s recent decision to call for the withdrawal of the development application for the demolition of what was formerly known as Rediffusion House in Gwardamangia.

The recent planning application by the Public Broadcasting Services calling for the demolition of an integral part of the complex was withdrawn by PBS on the instructions of the Minister for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Dolores Cristina after consultation with the Prime Minister.

The move, the chamber said, comes as a refreshing foresight that breaks the recent trend adopted by MEPA that the conservation of much older buildings, irrespective of their historical or architectural merit, tends to take precedence over the preservation of contemporary buildings, some of which are iconic examples of excellence in local architecture.

Had this planning application been accepted, it would have led to the irretrievable loss of one of the pioneering examples of 20th century modern architecture in Malta.