Belfast Telegraph

Belfast's Titanic Quarter is bouncing as £750k We Are Vertigo opens for business

The adventure playground
The adventure playground
Gareth Murphy

By Caitríona McBride

Adventure company We Are Vertigo opens its new inflatable park in Titanic Quarter tomorrow, creating 50 jobs.

The £0.75m investment in the 30,000 sq ft action course park on their site adds to the company's three centres, two of which are in Newtownbreda.

Gareth Murphy, managing director of We Are Vertigo, said: "We are very excited about the new inflatable park and we have been working on it for about six months.

"This investment of £750,000 in the new park adds to what we have already invested in our Titanic location, which was about £2.5m, so a total of over £3m has been invested there now."

The company was set up in 2013.

It has built up a successful business including Ireland's only indoor skydiving centre. It also operates an indoor ski centre.

The new inflatable park expands their Titanic activities, which also includes the indoor skydiving centre and a Ninja Master course.

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Mr Murphy said: "People are coming from all over Ireland and Scotland to do the indoor skydiving and we have built on that success. We have regular visitors from Dublin and people come from Sligo, Cork and fly across from Scotland just to skydive."

With a significant multi-million pound investment, they are planning to open four more sites in the next year with two further sites in Northern Ireland and two more sites outside the province. The current workforce is 225 people and the four new sites will bring that number to over 600.

Mr Murphy added: "We have expanded quite rapidly and our early success has given us the confidence to do that. We saw how far people were prepared to travel to do our activities."

He said the business had found parents are encouraging their children towards "more fun and safe activity, and less screen time".

"I have two sons and certainly one of the catalysts when I started the business six years ago was that I was concerned with how much time they were spending on their phones, iPods and consoles. They were not out kicking a ball in the street, but they were playing Fifa inside with their friends," he said.

"We are all about getting active and a big worry of mine is the amount of time kids spend on screens - I think there will be further problems down the line when it comes to health."

The business also hosts birthday parties as well as corporate groups and stag and hen parties.

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