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Titanic Belfast and Odyssey expansion plans

By John Mulgrew

Titanic Belfast and the Odyssey Pavilion are both set to undergo fresh expansion, new plans show. Titanic Belfast is planning to expand its popular tourist attraction in a bid to grow its conferencing business.

It's due to add a single storey extension to pavilions three and four, which sit just outside the main building.

That will also include a change of use, from retail to conferencing facilities, as well as building a new entrance and 'external events area', new plans show.

The buildings, which are currently separate, would be extended and connected to each other.

It's the first significant redevelopment of the Titanic Belfast site in several years.

Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, said: "At Titanic Belfast, we do not rest on our laurels and are continuously looking at ways to enhance our five-star facilities for the thousands of local, national and international tourists we welcome on an annual basis.

"As the business continues to go from strength to strength, with increasing visitor numbers and having recently being named the world's leading tourist attraction, there is a need to continually develop our offering.

"We look forward to revealing this development in due course, subject to planning permission."

Meanwhile, the Odyssey Pavilion is planning an upgrade of the centre, including a new entrance.

Plans show it's due to extend and reconfigure the ground and first floor units, including alterations to the southern facade, add new external seating and upgrade the main public area at the front of the building.

The Odyssey Pavilion includes a cinema, bowling alley, restaurants, as well as the W5 centre. It sits beside the large SSE Arena.

Work has also been completed on a large solar farm on top of the Odyssey Pavilion in Belfast, equivalent in size to 12 tennis courts.

The plans are the latest major proposed developments to take place in the growing Titanic Quarter, which is now offering developers the chance to build a 244-bedroom hotel at the waterside development.

It's now advertising its Hamilton Dock hotel development site - a one-acre site which sits just opposite the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction.

And plans are also under way for a £26.5m office development, capable of housing 1,500 people.

Titanic Quarter Ltd and Belfast Harbour said Olympic House would be a 148,000sq ft office.

The company behind the Titanic Quarter warned in its latest accounts that "uncertainty" around the vote for Brexit was likely to impact on its business after it posted losses of more than £300,000.

Titanic Island Ltd, which has carried out development on the site, also claims that an agreement reached with its landlord, Belfast Harbour, will help to push on further developments, including the proposed Olympic House office project.

The company posted losses of £333,000 for the year ending December 2015.

That was down from £1.16m a year earlier.

Titanic Island Ltd's retained losses grew to £38.2m, up from £37.8m in the previous set of accounts.

The company said that more than £350m had so far been invested in development of the area.

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