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Titanic Quarter: Breathing life into a scene of neglect

By John Mulgrew

Titanic Quarter is the latest major redevelopment to grace Belfast city centre after it was envisaged more than a decade ago.

Work began on the ‘new city quarter’ in 2006 with the introduction of the road system linking it to the rest of Belfast.

Construction kicked off in January the following year with the addition of The Arc residential apartments along with the 150,000 sq ft Gateway office complex — of which the majority is now occupied by US financial firm Citigroup.

The area now boasts the newest Belfast Metropolitan College campus along with the Northern Ireland Science Park, Premier Inn hotel and Public Record Office.

Another venture attracting international business is the 65,000 sq ft Paint Hall studio — which has brought the likes of global smash hit TV series Game Of Thrones as well as several other major Hollywood films to the city.

Later this month the area’s major tourism investment, Titanic Belfast, will open its doors for the first time — bringing both jobs and much needed income into the city.

According to Sam Heaney of the Titanic Quarter, the area is now “an extension of the city centre and a mixed use development offering business opportunities as well as leisure and tourism”.

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