Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Titanic project work secures 60 jobs for firm

Undated handout picture of some of the survivors from the Titantic picked up by the Carpathia, including Laura Francatelli (back, second right) whose eyewitness account of the disaster has been published
Undated handout picture of some of the survivors from the Titantic picked up by the Carpathia, including Laura Francatelli (back, second right) whose eyewitness account of the disaster has been published
Undated handout picture of a page of the document written by Laura Francatelli, which is her eyewitness account of the sinking of the Titanic and has been published for the first time
Titanic in dock
A photograph c1912 of the "unsinkable" four-funnelled ship the SS Titanic. Part of the White Star Line, Titanic sank off Newfoundland on her maiden voyage to the USA after striking an iceberg (14-15/4/1912).
The starboard side of the Titanic bow is shown
The Titanic bow is shown
The starboard side of the Titanic bow is shown
Titanic bow is shown
The Titanic bow is shown
Virtual museum - A shipyard worker's ticket to the launch of the RMS Titanic (Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra)
The starboard side of the Titanic bow is shown
This May 31, 1911 photo provided by the Library of Congress, shows the hull of the S.S. Titanic. under construction in dry dock. The tragic sinking of the Titanic nearly a century ago can be blamed on low grade rivets that the ship's builders used on some parts of the ill-fated liner, two experts on metals conclude in a new book. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
The Titanic sets out on her maiden and only voyage before sinking in April 1912
Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic disaster, whose ashes were to be scattered today at the terminal where the ill-fated ship set sail
Headed for disaster: the Titanic leaving the dock at Southampton in 1912

Almost 60 jobs have been secured at a Co Down architectural specialist thanks to its involvement in the Titanic Signature Project.

Carryduff firm Spanwall's role is to manufacture the rainscreen system for the structure. It works for the German contractor Metallbau Frueh with Belfast practice Todd Architects for Harcourt Construction Northern Ireland Limited.

The project is due to be completed in 2012 in time for the centenary of the Titanic's maiden voyage.

Spanwall's chief executive Tony Reid said the company's "highly skilled" workforce will play a vital role in the landmark project, which is set to become the cultural centrepoint of Belfast city's new Titanic Quarter development.

The firm's design director Alan Grimason, who has been very involved in the design, said that Spanwall is proud to be involved in the contract.

"It it is perhaps one of the most prestigious structures that will have been built in Northern Ireland in the last hundred years," he said. "We look forward to working with Metallbau Frueh, Harcourt and Todd Architects on this landmark project."

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