New contracts signed for heritage conservation designs

Sep 3, 2015


Nicosia, 03 September 2015 - Thanks to European Union funds the United Nations Development Programme has recently signed two new contracts for the preparation of designs for future emergency measures/heritage conservation projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.

New designs are being prepared for Archangelos Michael Church in Lefkonoiko/Geçiktale and for four heritage sites in the so called “Martinengo-Famagusta cluster”. Namely: St. Anne church of Maronites, St. Mary church of Armenians, St Mary of Carmel (Carmelite church), and the Mescit of Tabakhane/Tanner’s Mosque (Jacobite Church). Additionally, a third group of sites under the Karpasia/Karpaz cluster are currently under evaluation and expected to commence soon.

For each site, bi-communal teams of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots architects and engineers will prepare the following:

  • Releve (measured drawings), research, investigation and condition assessments for all the sites and their surroundings;
  • A concise in-depth historical background of the sites including a bibliography;
  • Conservation proposals for discussions with relevant stakeholders;
  • Technical specifications, bills & estimates, drawings & details and durations pertaining to the conservation intervention of the all the sites and their surroundings.

Moreover the teams will be involved during the implementation of the works as advisors to the UNDP-PFF.

This new set of designs is taking place within Phase 3 of the European Union funded and UNDP implemented project “Support to Monument of Great Importance to Cyprus – Phase 3” and works will be implemented in 2016 under a future Phase 4 of the same project.

All monuments included in this new phase have been selected by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and aimed to preserve heritage sites representing the rich diversity of the Cypriot culture.

For more information on past, ongoing and future projects of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage you can consult the 2015 Brochure or subscribe to our monthly Cultural Heritage Newsletter.

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