Birth of Titanic Belfast
“We live in a new Northern Ireland...”
- Ian Pearson MP, Minister with responsibility for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, 2004
Over one hundred years after the birth of the world’s most famous ship, Titanic Belfast® has become a major new tourist attraction for Northern Ireland.
A Titanic / Maritime Belfast Signature Project
A Titanic / Maritime Belfast Signature Project now known as Titanic Belfast®, was identified in Northern Ireland Tourism Board’s Strategic Framework for Action 2004-2007 as one of the five key tourism signature projects to enhance Northern Ireland's tourism offering.
The overall concept was translated into detailed plans and implemented by Harcourt Developments, who enlisted the help of CHL Consulting, a specialist tourism destination development and research consultancy, and Event Communications, Europe's leading exhibition design group. The architecture of the attraction was designed by CivicArts with Todd Architects as the lead consultant / architect.
Constructed by Harcourt Developments, who broke ground in May 2009, the architecturally unique building opened to critical acclaim on 31 March 2012 in time for the centenary.
The Iconic Design
The iconic design comprises many maritime metaphors including water crystals, ships bows & the White Star logo.
While the massive 14,000 sq.m.(150,700 sq.ft.) structure accommodates nine galleries of interactive exhibition space, including a dark ride, underwater exploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s cabins and a luxurious conference & banqueting suites with capacity for up to 1000 guests.
Watch the video below to see Texan architect Eric Kuhne explain Titanic Belfast's design!
A Lasting Legacy
A lasting legacy Titanic Belfast® is owned by Maritime Belfast Trust (#XT13119), a charity committed to preserving the authenticity of Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage.
The project was co-financed via a public / private partnership between the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment via the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour Commissioners & Titanic Quarter Limited.
The building is operated by Titanic Belfast Ltd, a privately owned company.
Titanic Belfast is now the cultural nucleus to Titanic Quarter - one of the world's largest urban waterfront regeneration projects, master-planned over 185 acres on the heritage site where RMS Titanic was designed and built.
Titanic Quarter has become a thriving district of entertainment and creative industries, leisure and residential, financial & commercial services, research, learning and technology facilities; perfectly positioned next to Belfast city centre & the airport.