Ireland

Titanic Quarter

 

 

 

Set on the site where the Titanic was designed and built, the Titanic Quarter in central Belfast is one of the most extensive urban-waterfront renewal projects in the world.  It is situated on Queen’s Island on the bank of the Lagan River, in the old Harland and Wolff shipyard, which dates from an era in the 19th century when Belfast was a world center of maritime trade, shipbuilding and commerce.

 

The intent of the regeneration project is to preserve the history of the Titanic and Belfast shipbuilding while creating a modern mixed-use space.  Master-planned over 185 acres, the Quarter has become an area of residential, commercial, tourism, education and retail space where 18,000 people live, work and study.  It is currently home to over 100 companies with 4,000 employees. 

 

Within the Quarter are the Titanic Drawing Offices, in which one can visit the rooms where the Titanic’s plans were created by hand by Thomas Andrews.  The slipways where the Titanic was built and launched have been restored, and a memorial lists the names of the people who died when it sank in 1912.  To appreciate the size of the Titanic, a visit to its dry-dock is now possible.  The Titanic Exhibition Centre hosts lifestyle, sporting and conferencing events, and The SSE Arena entertainment complex features an arena and movie theatres.  The Urban Sports Park, set in a former shipbuilding warehouse, now offers a variety of activities from skateboarding to urban art to DJ sessions.  Completion of the development of the Titanic Quarter is estimated to be in the 2030s.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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