Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Designer delighted by Titanic work

Award-winning Belfast designer Alan Grimason, who designed the cladding for Belfast Titanic

An award-winning Belfast designer has retired on a high after watching his idea come to life on the walls of the Titanic building.

Alan Grimason was the man who turned concept into reality to create the already famous shiny cladding that cloaks the multi-million pound visitor attraction.

"It was my swan song," he said.

"I am delighted with it, absolutely delighted. It's a great statement compared to any other project I've seen around the world and any other thing I've been involved with."

Mr Grimason was the design director at Spanwall - the Carryduff company that beat off international competition to secure the contract to manufacture the cladding.

But he thinks not enough has been made of the local input to the eye-catching facade.

"It's a shame that in all the things that have gone on and all the things about being 'made in Belfast' there hasn't been one mention about the wall cladding being designed and manufactured in Belfast," he said.

The specialist designer has worked on projects around the world, including the Kensington Oval cricket ground in Barbados, Manchester City's Etihad Stadium and British Airways buildings at Heathrow.

But he said Titanic Belfast was the contract he wanted most.

"Being in Belfast made it special," he said. "We put an enormous amount of effort into it initially, we wanted to be involved in it being in Belfast and we're a Belfast company."

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