‘A showcase of sustainable design’: Plans for new Comino hotel & villas revealed!
Plans for the new Comino Hotel and Villas by HV Hospitality were revealed at a presentation held earlier today, and let us tell you, they look pretty impressive!
The new Comino Hotel and Villas will occupy the same square meterage as the current properties, and the hotel will feature a central foyer and restaurant, with an underlying basement for an electro-mechanical plant, a spa and 70 hotel rooms with swimming pools at ground floor level and terraces on the upper floors, while the new villas will consist of a cluster of 21 residences.
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But it’s about to get a whole lot more impressive than that! The new Comino Hotel is setting its sights on becoming a model in sustainable hotel design for the Maltese islands, employing systems and processes that will make it a zero-carbon hotel, capable of generating and using its own energy. Impressed? We are!
Antonio Belvedere, lead architect of the project, said during the presentation that the site of the Comino Hotel makes up almost 10 per cent of the island. “It is a Natura 2000 site and an incredible opportunity to contribute to the architectural debate in Malta.”
HV Hospitality engaged ARUP – a world leader in engineering practices – for this project. The firm’s Director, Andrew Sedgwick, said that before design of the project could commence, they considered the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how the Comino project will interact with them and influence them in a positive way.
“We set nine ambitions for the project – we established net zero carbon operations for the facilities, so on an annual basis, as much energy is generated as is used by the facilities; the site will be fossil free, so no emissions on the island, and if necessary only use of electric vehicles; a major reduction of water usage, water recycling and collection of rain water; and the commitment to treat all sewage on site at a treatment plant, so no effluent goes into the sea,” says Mr Sedgwick.
“We think overall, this will be a showcase of sustainable design and working with nature,” he continues.
Demolition and construction of the project is expected to begin later next year, while projections for its completion are 2023. The total investment in the Comino Hotel and Villas is expected to reach between €110 million and €120 million.
We can’t wait to visit when it’s done!