World Heritage Day is a collective effort of the communities in the world to do the needful for these invaluable monuments and buildings. The day takes an opportunity to hoist awareness about the assortment of cultural legacy and the determination that is required to protect and conserve them and also to think about its susceptibility.
Aapravasi Ghat, a small complex of buildings located on the seafront, was Mauritius main immigration depot for indentured labourers from India. The remains of the stones display their living conditions, the hospital wing, and the bathing ghats. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2006 for its important role in the island’s social history. Today, almost 70% of Mauritius’ citizens can trace their roots back to Aapravasi Ghat. The museum has historical importance since it was the place where the immigrants first landed in Mauritius and contributed to the development of the island.
In 2010, Prodesign was appointed by the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund for the renovation project of the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre, which is a World Heritage Building along the Motorway M2, Port Louis and part of the Aapravasi Ghat complex. Prodesign’s team wanted to do something special in this place, revealing its historical importance while keeping the original fabric as much as possible.
Our building services engineers and sustainability engineers were responsible for the overall M&E systems design and supervision. Prodesign’s MEP Consultants successfully designed MEP services which were very inconspicuous and keeping the soul of the building. This was our way of contributing for the protection of our heritage sites as close as they were initially.
Happy World Heritage Day from Prodesign’s MEP Consultants!
Fact and figures
Client: Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund
Architect: Morphos Architects Co Ltd
Location: Port Louis
Start date: July 2010
End date: February 2014