Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland is a large-scale waterfront regeneration project, comprising historic maritime landmarks, film studios, education facilities, apartments, a riverside entertainment district, and the world's largest Titanic-themed attraction centred on land in Belfast Harbour, known until 1995 as Queen's Island. The 185-acre (75 ha) site, previously occupied by part of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, is named after the company's (and city's) most famous product RMS Titanic.
The largest development is the £97M Titanic Belfast visitor attraction which holds the record for the island's largest ever single concrete pour (4300 cubic metres) for its foundations. The building opened on 31 March 2012 and welcomed over 800,000 visitors in its first year. The attraction is owned and run by a charitable foundation. The architects said that "we have created an architectural icon that captures the spirit of the shipyards, ships, water crystals, ice, and the White Star Line's logo. Its architectural form cuts a skyline silhouette that has been inspired by the very ships that were built on this hallowed ground."
2005 saw the launch of the Northern Ireland Science Park, a hi-tech science park affiliated closely with Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster and Titanic Studios (aka the Paint Hall Studios, a film studio originally created by film producer Jo Gilbert) and used during the production of films including Tom Hanks's City of Ember starring Bill Murray, Your Highness and series 1-4 of HBO's television series Game of Thrones.
In September 2011, the largest education facility in Northern Ireland - Belfast Institute for Further and Higher Education (now Belfast Metropolitan College) relocated to a new £44 million campus in Titanic Quarter.
Belfast Harbour Marina opened in the centre of Titanic Quarter in 2009 as part of the Belfast Tall Ships Festival. Located in the Abercorn Basin, it features 40 berths for leisure craft, it was funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Belfast Tall Ships 2009 Ltd. It is the forerunner to a future 200 berth marina in the Titanic Quarter.
The first residential development in Titanic Quarter was completed in December 2010. The Arc (Abercorn Residential Complex) comprises 474 apartments and retail outlets located adjacent to Abercorn Basin.
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