According to all indications, the buildings in Athalassa that were to be demolished by the University of Cyprus are preserved, since according to information from “Φ”, the competent branch of the Department of Urban Planning seems to be in favor of the view that the buildings are worthwhile and should be be declared protected.
In addition to the Department of Urban Planning, the Minister of Interior Nikos Nouris, who had asked the Director of Urban Planning to evaluate the buildings, and the President of ETEK Konstantinos Konstantis, who, in addition to going on the spot immediately after the relevant publication, showed interest. of “F” but also yesterday, he asked in letters from the Director of Urban Planning and the Rector Tassos Christofidis to intervene so that the demolition does not take place, until the buildings are evaluated. Besides, as “F” is informed, after a more complete information received by the Rector from the School of Architecture of the Foundation, he seems to agree that the proper study and evaluation of the buildings did not precede, since the image that was conveyed to him was that it was half-ruined buildings.
Yesterday, the head of the conservation department in Urban Planning, Giola Kourou, went on the spot and as “F” is informed, she is said to be in favor of the view that the buildings should be declared protected.
The president of ETEK told “F” that the issue should be studied by architects specializing in the field, in order to record in detail their architectural value. At the same time, ETEK's suggestion is that the issue be re-examined by the competent branch of the Department of Urban Planning, which has extensive know-how in the field.
In any case and beyond this evaluation, the Chamber considers that the specific buildings should be preserved because they are an integral part of the cultural landscape of the area and a material trace of the specific period. Mr. Konstantis stated that “the history of their use gives them cultural value, which is connected with the natural landscape and the identity of the place. In similar cases abroad, buildings of historical value are reverently protected, preserved, integrated into the modern built environment and reused in a broader policy framework for the historical and cultural heritage “.