During British rule in Malta, the Royal Navy made extensive use of the dockyard. The British Building, originally designed by William Scamp R.E and built between 1841-1844, was built as one of a pair. The building was extensively damaged during World War II.
Through EM Architects' design interventions, the building was brought back to life with a renewed purpose to serve Bormla in a new way. As well as restoring the historic fabric in a meticulous fashion, the overall building was also rehabilitated in order to usher the building into the current age whilst at the same time managing to showcase its stunning historic elements. The guiding principle behind this project remained the act of showcasing this heritage building as a protagonist of design.
In 1689 the Knights Building was commissioned by GM Adrien Wignacourt. Later in 1776, GM Emanuel de Rohan constructs arcaded level above existing arsenal. During the British period, the upper level was used as a ropery & sail loft. Much of the building was left in ruins after severe World War II damage.