The Restoration Directorate within the Project Design and Implementation Department in the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure is the main government entity which implements and executes restoration works on public property. It is responsible for planning and drawing up restoration projects, preparing tenders, and supervising their execution. It also offers specialized assistance to various public entities and institutions, including ministries, departments, voluntary organizations, and local councils.
The Restoration Directorate consists of the Restoration Unit and the Rehabilitation Projects Office (RPO) which co-ordinates the rehabilitation of Valletta, Mdina, and the Cottonera area.
In all, the Restoration Directorate has a staff complement of 220 personnel and operates from its offices and workshops at the Ospizio compound in Floriana, while the RPO offices are located in Republic Street, Valletta.
The Restoration Directorate boasts a multi-disciplinary team of Professionals, technicians, and skilled workers specializing in restoration. The Directorate also has a Documentation Section with the required technical know-how to prepare rectified surveys and deterioration mapping and a pool of historians, archaeologists, and other technical staff trained in heritage skills. Over the years, the Restoration Directorate has carried out numerous restoration works on many historical buildings, and is currently also involved in the restoration implementation of a major restoration project on the historic fortifications of Valletta, Mdina, Vittoriosa and the Gozo Citadel as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF 0039).