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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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BELFAST | Titanic Belfast

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The cultural lynch pin of the new Titanic Quarter, the Titanic Signature Project will transform Queen's Island into a dynamic leisure destination of international significance. Historic precedents have driven the design process, the final form reflecting the industrial legacy of Harland & Wolf and the wider impact of shipbuilding and the sea on Belfast's development. The prow of the building's glass-walled atrium plots a course down the centre of the listed Titanic and Olympic slipways towards the lapping waters of the River Lagan. The project's close proximity to the very site where these two famous leviathans were forged lends it unparalleled levels of authenticity and immediacy that will help make its contents the definitive telling of those liners' stories.



The building's form conjures up a mass of maritime metaphors; its four projecting segments are instantly evocative of ships prows ploughing their way through the North Atlantic swell. Almost the entire façade will be clad in faceted, three-dimensional zinc plates in a pattern redolent of the construction methods used on the great ocean liners. The reflection pools that spread out from its base further enhance the allusions to naval architecture, multiplying the reflections and nocturnal illuminations. The lower portions of the four wedges tell the evolution of shipbuilding technology by being first clad with lapped timber planking, riveted iron, welded steel, and finally, aluminium.



A powerful engine of regeneration, the project combines valuable amenities and rich experiences to fulfil the needs and expectations of guests and residents alike. The careful balance of cultural and commercial functions has produced a financially sustainable centre capable of raising income directly through tourism and corporate hospitality. With its cantilevered floor plates expanding outwards from a modest footprint, the project delivers these multiple attractions without encroaching upon the historic remnants of the shipyards that are being preserved wherever possible. Most tangible of these are the Slipway Gardens where the outlines of the Olympic and Titanic will be traced into the paving to allow visitors to walk the length of their decks once more.



Internally, the project provides over 12,000 sqm of floor space and over 5 floors whose combined height is equivalent to a 10-storey building. These generous ceiling heights allow for suitably large-scale exhibits, the lower levels being controlled environments, which create atmospheric installations evocative of heavy industry or the depths of a ship's hull. Directly under the sweeping roof lies a prestigious banqueting hall with panoramic views out over the landscaped plaza that has received a similar attention to detail. Strips of under-lit glass radiate from a compass rose laid into the atrium floor, creating a dramatic 'carpet of light' rolled out across the square. Referencing the rhumb lines of antique nautical charts, these lines allow pedestrians to navigate to other local landmarks, forging connections between the museum's displays and the actual topography of the site.

Infused with an inherent sense of place, the Titanic Signature Project will present a constant reminder of Belfasts progressive engineering prowess. Planned for completion by 2012 to coincide with the centenary of Titanic's maiden voyage, its graphic silhouette will come to symbolise Belfast's metamorphosis from 19th century engineering powerhouse to 21st century metropolis.

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Old March 31st, 2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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Old March 31st, 2012, 08:01 PM   #3
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I already started thread about this......
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Old March 31st, 2012, 09:09 PM   #4
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Wasn't aware of that. This one is more informative so I'll stick with this one, if that's alright?


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New Titanic Belfast complex opens

The new Titanic Belfast tourism project has opened to the public.

It was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the first and deputy first ministers. Also attending is a 105-year-old Cyril Quigley who saw the Titanic being launched as a young child in 1911.

A limited number of on-the-day tickets are being sold and a queue of several dozen people waited for the opportunity to purchase. Most tickets have been sold online in advance. Performing the ribbon-cutting, First Minister Peter Robinson said the complex was "a must-see attraction up with the best in the world" and was a symbol of a new era in Northern Ireland.

About 60 journalists from around the world attended the opening. The complex cost £77m to construct - with most of the funding (£60m) coming from the public purse. Based on projected visitor numbers, it is one of the most expensive buildings of its kind in Europe.

Visitors will be guided through nine exhibitions, spread over four storeys, charting the history of the Titanic from its construction in the nearby Harland & Wolff shipyard to its final resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic.

One thing tourists will not see though is the replica of the ship's famous staircase. It has been incorporated into the banqueting hall on the upper floors and is not part of the tour.

It will only be on view to the more business-type guests who will attend sit-down functions on the two upper decks. Entrance fees are £13.50 for an adult and £6.75 for a child. A family of four gets in for £34 and a family of five will pay £40.75. Parking is extra.

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On Friday, First Minister Peter Robinson said the building was a celebration of the workmanship that led to Belfast being a world leader in shipbuilding. Mr Robinson was asked on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme about the significance of Martin McGuinness standing beside him in shipyard surroundings that many Catholics previously regarded as hostile.

"I think it further demonstrates that we are indeed in a new era," he said. "There's a new spirit in Northern Ireland, there's a strong confidence for the people of Northern Ireland that they can move forward, that they can work towards prosperity. "So I think it's a sign of the times that people in Northern Ireland have now left the Troubles behind and they are wanting to see a bright future."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "It's an absolutely stunning building and as I predicted in the United States last week, this would be a world news story and it certainly has been in the course of the last couple of days. "At the time when we were taking our decision at the executive to pour something like £40m into this, some questions were asked, because of the history of it, if we should be doing this. "I have to say I was always very much in favour of this, because this is our attempt to write a new history, to move forward in a positive and constructive way, a very inclusive way."

Mr McGuinness said he had a "great stake" in the weekend's events because his father's uncle, Hugh Rooney, worked in the shipyard as a carpenter-joiner and helped with fitting out the Titanic in 1911."I'm very proud of that and I'm very proud of our family's association with that event at that time," he said.
Today marks the start of the Titanic Festival as well.

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Belfast City Council, along with partners NITB and Titanic Belfast, are hosting a fusion of international-scale events to mark the centenary of Titanic's fateful maiden voyage.

This fusion of international events will range from world-class public events to mark the opening of the multi-million pound Titanic Belfast attraction, through to commemoration services on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. In addition, there will be a range of plays, tours, talks, films and major musical events all positioning Belfast as the 'home' of Titanic, in total around 120 events for everyone to enjoy, not just the Titanic enthusiast!

Download the complete Titanic Belfast Festival 2012 Programme (updated 28 March) for details of all events.

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31 March: Titanic Belfast visitor attraction opens its door with an extensive programme of spectacular festival events to celebrate the opening of the world's largest Titanic themed visitor attraction.

6 April: Titanic Super Special Stage, Donnelly Group Circuit of Ireland Rally. Catch the action of the global Intercontinental Rally Challenge ( IRC ) series as rally stars from around the world compete in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. They will battle with the best Irish drivers to lift this famous title.The adrenaline filled action begins on Friday 6 April with the Titanic Special stage, as competitors go head to head in a purpose build stage where spectacular viewing, just yards from the famous slipways. The Rally then powers south for 15 more stages around Armagh & Lisburn, on Saturday 7th April.

7 and 9 - 11 April 2012: Titanic Digital Projection Light Show, Titanic Belfast, Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

A visionary digital projection-mapping lighting show will showcase the iconic new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction on 7 April. Cutting edge architectural projection, intense 3D motion graphics, synchronised pyrotechnics and bespoke sound design, will combine to treat you to an unforgettable audiovisual performance. As one of the most challenging projection mapping projects ever attempted, this will be an irrepressible celebration of Belfast, its culture, heritage and bright future.

NITB has teamed up with video production company Geocast TV to make sure that even those people who can’t get a ticket to the event can watch the whole performance unfold live online at www.ni2012.com/lightshow.

13 April 2012: MTV Presents Titanic Sounds, Titanic Slipway, Belfast. Fresh from bringing Belfast ‘the biggest party in the world’ with the incredible EMA, MTV is set to return to the city in April for yet another blistering night. Once again shining the global spotlight on our city, MTV will be staging a dynamite night of live music against the stunning backdrop of the Titanic Slipway. Keep up to date at www.mtv.co.uk, www.ni2012.com and www.belfastcity.gov.uk for more information.


14 April 2012: Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film, Waterfront Hall, Belfast. A star-studded line-up of local and international performers will appear in Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film, which will broadcast live on BBC Two on April 14 2012, 100 years after the ill-fated liner hit an iceberg. The 90-minute event includes the Ulster Orchestra and massed choir performances. Archive and specially commissioned documentary material, accompanied by stunning visual effects, will retell the story of the ship, those who built her and those who perished or survived. Performers already confirmed to appear include the legendary Bryan Ferry, Grammy award-winning soul and R&B singer/songwriter Joss Stone, Charlie Siem, one of the UK’s brightest new classical stars, acclaimed English tenor Alfie Boe, Armagh-born actor Colin Morgan (star of BBC-1’s ‘Merlin’) and Belfast actor Ian McElhinney (City of Ember, Closing the Ring and Game of Thrones). The concert will be a dignified commemoration of those who died and a celebration of the craftsmanship and endeavour it took to build this iconic ship.

14 April 2012: A specially written requiem by Belfast composer Philip Hammond in St Anne`s Cathedral will be held on the centenary of the Titanic hitting the iceberg, one hundred years ago

15 April 2012: As part of the Titanic 2012 centenary programme, Belfast City Council has created a new memorial garden around the existing Titanic Memorial sculpture on the east side of Belfast City Hall. This is the only memorial in the world to name all who were lost on RMS Titanic. Bronze plaques will bear the names of all those who died during the ship’s maiden voyage in April 1912.

The garden will be unveiled following an inter-faith remembrance service and will include performances from Belfast Youth Orchestra and the Harlandic and Queens Island Victoria Male voice choirs. The service will be broadcast live on BBC Northern Ireland from 6.30am to 10am as part of their Titanic Commemoration programme. This event is open to the general public and is being hosted by Belfast City Council in conjunction with the Belfast Titanic Society.

22 April – 19 May 2012: Titanic, Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry, 1912 - A Verbatim Play by Owen McCafferty, The Mac, Belfast. A new drama by Owen McCafferty based on the emotive verbatim testimonies heard at the Titanic Inquiry in London in 1912 following the disaster.

100 years ago, the British Government ordered a formal inquiry into the loss of the RMS Titanic which took place over 36 days, involved nearly 100 witnesses and 25,000 questions were asked. This is a courtroom drama full of intrigue, bravery and human frailty.

8 September 2012: BBC NI Music Event, Titanic Quarter, Belfast (TBC). BBC Northern Ireland hosts a major musical celebration of culture, achievement, people and places. This major outdoor event supported by Belfast City Council, will come live from Belfast on September 8, 2012 (subject to contract). Further details to be announced.
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The actual Titanic Belfast building started around the end of 2009, but the whole redevelopment scheme started around 2006. It isn't expected to be finished for another few decades yet though!
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The Grand Staircase replica looks incredibly tacky. On the whole nice development.
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The Grand Staircase replica looks incredibly tacky. On the whole nice development.
I have reservations about the staircase but it doesn't feature on the tour. Only people using the banqueting room will ever see it. It's also not a true replica, the landing in the middle was not part of the original design. It's something to cater for events and the photographs that accompany it.

Although it was all handmade so the craftsmanship is still exceptional.
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Amazing development this is truly the best way to redevelop a shipyard.

while still keeping some of the history intact the places in Norway where we have turned shipyards into housing and such, the history of the shipyards is barley mentioned
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SLIPWAYS

The site where “Titanic” and its sister ship “Olympic” were built and launched is a scheduled monument. It is to be restored with its original concrete industrial base, bogey rails and the 2 concrete “wedges” which supported the 2 bows renovated. The plan outline of each ship will be incised into the concrete in lit glass. A timber deck river walk follows the line of the stern of each ship.
On the “Titanic’s” site the outline of the main deck houses will also be incised in light and a modern take on the benches will be appropriately placed. The “Olympic’s” site will be a form of memorial garden with 4 alternating pairs of solid deck and grass with daffodils. The 4 blocks of grass with flowers, reminiscent of the poppy field in Normandy, will represent the proportions of those who died in each of the 3 social classes and the crew; the solid deck will represent those who survived. Their respective names will be etched in glass panels set on the vertical faces of the 2 wedges” top lit with fibre optics. Coloured spotlights recessed into the base will shine beams of light upwards to mark the positions of the former gantry over the ships.







ARROL & PLATERS YARD

The site is on the east side of the River Lagan and the west side of the former Harland and Wolff slipways on which the Titanic and the Olympic were built. It is part of a 2nd phase of development by Titanic Quarter Ltd and the Belfast Harbour Commissioners. The proposal is for a 400 bedroom hotel with conference/banqueting facilities, a spa, restaurants and bars, apartments and live/work studios. It climbs up at the north end to the height of the top point of the former gantry which was on the site for 60 years and was a dominant feature seen from Belfast on the opposite river bank.






NORTH YARD & NORTH YARD OFFICES

The proposed development is part of a master plan for the former Harland and Wolff shipyard prepared by Civic Art. This site called North Yard adjoins the slipways on which “Titanic” and its sister ship “Olympic” were built. It contains 580 apartments, live/work units, small shops, coffee and drink bars, and 1,500 square metres of offices. The buildings rise from 4 storeys adjoining the former listed drawing offices and headquarters building to 22 storeys. This was the height of the gantry over “Titanic” and “Olympic”.With this height matched by a proposed hotel on the other side of the slipways a strong reference is made to the scale of the former gantry structure which straddled the site. The tracery-like pattern of the facades also reflects the rhythm of the former gantry and the pattern of the iron plates of the Titanic & Olympic ships’ hulls.The material colours, gloss black round the periphery, white and yellow/gold in the central square were those of the White Star shipping line, for whom these ships were built.

The proposals are currently under consideration by the local Planning Office.







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