Fruitful years, dating back from the Knights of St John and the British Empire, have
left us with an elaborate overlay of rich heritage comprising of an intricate defensive
system with a remarkable series of monuments and fortifications.
Yet, despite all these historic gems which our ancestors have left us, throughout
the years the task of saving and preserving our rich local heritage has seen its
toll. For many years Malta has witnessed neglect in the preservation and restoration
of these monuments, which should primarily be one of the main concerns of the Maltese
citizens. However as years passed the Maltese have understood the importance of this
finest architectural and artistic heritage, and thus revamped an importance in the
restoration concept to safeguard the legacy surrounding the island. In this regard
Vaults Company Limited understood that all these surviving manifestations bear a
common and identifiable tie, and hence was one of the first to penetrate this market
to safeguard our past.
Vaults Company Limited continued building on the pediments set by the former J&C
Farrugia Limited. J&C Farrugia was co-owned by the brothers Joseph and Charles Farrugia
who took over the trade skills of building from their father Saviour. Having started
from a humble building background, way back in the late 1990s, J&C started engaging
itself in the restoration sector. The first significant restoration project entrusted
to the company was the Conservation Works at St. Helen’s Gate in Cospicua.
From the very start J&C, backed by dedication and initiative, kept abreast with international
markets engaged in restoration to always exploit ever changing techniques and technologies.
This flair for learning has seen the company excel in restoration whilst conforming
to international conservation principles.
It was right at this point in time that J&C acquired the JOS Cleaning System – specifically
designed to clean these types of monuments whilst, not only conserving the natural
patina of the stone without causing any harm to the texture, but on the contrary,
restoring them to their former glory and bringing back the detail that was lost.
Always under constant monitoring of the Cottonera Rehabilitation Project and its
architects, J&C started acquiring experience after every project assigned to the
company. With the project Conservation Works at St. Paul’s Church in Cospicua, the
company continued strengthening on its standards set at St. Helen’s Gate.
We started adopting new techniques in restoration, being more of an elaborate nature
so as to always offer an unrivalled product to the community and focus on long-term
sustainability. Such practices comprise of Plastic Repair and Stone Consolidation.
With continuous belief in mind that it is the duty of our company to safeguard the
natural heritage, J&C started importing material specifically designed for restoration.
Professionalism portrayed by J&C is not only implied in its work, but also through
focus on health and safety requirements for its workers at every site. This has made
the company strive more thus engaging itself in importing scaffolding to the latest
standards conforming to the said requirements.
Other bigger projects entrusted to J&C comprised of the Restoration of Façade on
South Street and Side Elevation at our Lady of Victory Church in Valletta, Conservation
Works at Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara, Conservation Works at St. Anne’s Gate, Senglea,
and Restoration and Cleaning of Palazzo Parisio in Valletta. Meanwhile in 2004 one
of the directors of J&C retired, and Vaults Company Limited took over its operations.
Vaults continued to build on the foundations, past beliefs and hard work of J&C,
and this was complemented by the winning of one of the largest restoration bids on
the Island – Restoration Works at Fort Manoel, forming part of the Lm140 million
Manoel Island and Tigné Point Development project.
Everybody at Vaults believes that nowadays, through the preservation of our local
heritage we are preserving a Malta for our future children, representing in itself
a lasting commitment of over thousands of years of hard work and past human achievement.
Work involved is delicate in nature, laborious and complex and we deem it important
that heritage conservation involves dedicated specialised manpower using the latest
equipment in restoration material to fight against decay, desecration and destruction.
From this we derive our mission statement: