The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) has received eight bids for the construction of a new Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) building and the optimization of the nearby area. The average bidding price is about MOP200 million.
DSSPOT revealed that the construction area is around 7,100 square meters.
The new DSAMA building will be five stories high. It will include areas for a reception, offices, staff cafeteria and storage area. The construction period will be no longer than 780 days.
The current DSAMA building, the world heritage Moorish Barracks, will be kept unchanged. But the car park behind it will be converted into a park. There will also be a new path, connecting the area with Travessa da Penha so that tourists can walk to the Penha Chapel. The construction will also include a new road for vehicles to travel to the Penha Hill.
After the new building is finished, DSAMA will vacate its current headquarters, the Moorish Barracks and move into the new structure. The authorities hope that the project can connect the area’s nearby cultural heritage spots, including the Penha Hill, A-Ma Temple, the Mandarin’s House and Lilau Square.