An unprecedented opportunity for Belfast to create an imaginative and world-class urban quarter
Based on Queen’s Island on the east bank of the River Lagan, Titanic Quarter has links to the history of the city stretching back to the nineteenth century. An extensive area of the island formed part of Harland and Wolff’s shipyard at a time when Belfast was a world centre of maritime trade, shipbuilding and commerce.
Two centuries later, Queen’s Island is playing a leading role in the city’s rebirth. Already established at the entrance to Titanic Quarter is the £120m Odyssey complex, which attracted over three million users in 2002 alone. The Odyssey’s huge success highlights the massive potential of Titanic Quarter.
The redevelopment of Queen’s Island as a mixed-use waterfront area builds upon the maritime history of Belfast and safeguards the area’s heritage for the future. Titanic Quarter comprises 75 hectares of prime development land in a dramatic waterfront position within walking distance of the city centre. Many listed and scheduled structures are being preserved.
The Abercorn Basin will be brought back to life with new quay walls as an area for water-based leisure activities. The former Harland and Wolff headquarters, the drawing offices where RMS Titanic was designed, and the slipways on which Titanic and Olympic were built, will become the focus of a major new visitor attraction.
Titanic Quarter can be distinguished from other major waterfront development sites in that it has been established as a fully assembled site, under common land ownership, from the outset. Over the course of the next 15 to 20 years, Titanic Quarter Ltd, the Port of Belfast and various other interested parties will work together to create an entire new city precinct. Titanic Quarter is an unprecedented opportunity for Belfast to create an imaginative, world-class urban quarter which will transform global perceptions of our city.
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