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Titanic offices set to become hotel and tourist attraction

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The birthplace of the Titanic is to become a 84-room boutique hotel which has been described as the “world’s most authentic Titanic-themed hotel”.

Titanic Belfast heritage centre on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.
Titanic Belfast heritage centre on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard. Image by William Murphy / CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 1000 ships, including the Titanic, Olympic and HMS Belfast were designed at the Harland and Wolff headquarters and drawing office on Queen’s Island, Belfast. The building has been vacant since 1989.

Kerrie Sweeney of the Titanic Foundation, said, “The Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices are one of Northern Ireland’s most significant and important historical buildings. It is a building of global significance where over 1,000 ships were designed. It’s almost 30-years since the Drawing Offices were used as a commercial premises.”

“This will give the public the opportunity to experience over a century of innovation and exceptional craftsmanship and allow the redevelopment of the rest of the building into a unique hotel.”

Planners say the hotel will tell the story of Belfast’s industrial heritage and will also feature public spaces and hope it will become a ‘major tourist destination’ for Northern Ireland. The building is protected, meaning all redevelopment must keep in the original architectural style and character.

Work began on the hotel earlier in 2016 with an opening slated for 2017.

This article was updated on 13 December 2016.