The BBC report that it is the biggest launch Belfast’s waterfront has seen in a 100 years. Now a century later the slipways are dominated by the imposing Titanic Belfast centre designed to commemorate the most famous vessel ever built. Based on projected visitor numbers, it is one of the most expensive buildings of its kind in Europe. Per visitor, it cost more than Disneyland in Paris, is almost three times more expensive than the Guggenheim in Bilbao, and cost about seven times more than the Tate Modern. The Titanic Belfast project is viewed as the iconic centrepiece of the Titanic Quarter Regeneration Project which encompasses approximately 75 hectares of waterfront, former industrial brownfield lands to the south side of the River Lagan in Belfast City Centre. On 31st March 2012, Titanic Belfast will open its doors to the world; 100 years to the day since the great ship was completed. The building has a complicated geometry and challenging construction programme as well as using ground-breaking construction techniques. The entire external facade is clad in two thousand unique three-dimensional aluminium panels, creating an awe-inspiring visual appearance, which is further enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding the base of the structure.
The Titanic Building is a technologically ambitious man-made structure that towers over the Grade A listed Nineteenth Century drawing offices where the Titanic was designed and the Scheduled slipways where the Titanic and Olympic were built. Paul Crowe, Managing Director of TODD Architects said, “Having worked at the heart of this truly global project, it fills us with an enormous sense of pride to see such a fascinating building dominating the Belfast skyline.

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A key aim was to maximise site’s commercial potential and to enliven the area at extended times of the day, whilst addressing the adjacent square, Belfast Lough, River Lagan and Belfast City. Probably the first true mixed use development of its kind in Belfast, the design approach, location and spectacular views; coupled with a sculptural built form and visual prominence have contributed to the uniqueness of this project. All areas within the building take full advantage of this orientation and each of the distinct uses has a distinctive; dramatic and quirky resultant range of spaces. The site is a key nodal point at the edge of the river and acts as an entrance-marker to the tighter urban grain starting beyond the edge of the river. It will be the world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction, telling the story of the Titanic, while the upper floors accommodate 1000 diners in banquet halls and function rooms.
The relationship beautifully reflects the original connection between the Harland and Wolf drawing office and the Titanic and Olympic- engineering marvels of their day. Bringing the plans to life and delivering a building that reflects the ingenuity and ambition displayed by the thousands who built the Titanic was a huge architectural challenge – and one we are delighted to have met.
Sheep on the Road was inspired by her childhood visits and enduring interest in the landscape of Cushendun.
The ground and first floor bar-restaurant have generous floor to ceilings designed so that diners are located over-looking key view points through full-height glazing.

Construction work commenced on the site in January 2009 with completion on programme for March 2012 in advance of the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic.
The drawing offices and slipways, which have been designated an Historic Monument, define the edge of a new public piazza with the Titanic Building centred on both axis through the Piazza.
All of which have been central considerations during the design, planning and construction of the project.
Roofs are lightweight construction comprising a plywood deck insulated single ply membrane covered. Angled to face towards the recently landscaped Custom House Square and its many activities, this facade meets that facing the River Lagan at a distinct acute angle resembling the bow of a boat.
Since views and aspect were important considerations on principal facades and inform the scheme, generous use of glazing forms an obvious material selection.

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