A £4.9million grant has been awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the derelict Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices where RMS Titanic was designed. The restoration of the B+ listed building into an 84-bedroom boutique hotel has the potential to create over 100 jobs.
The most historically important rooms such as the Drawing Offices, Board Room, Telephony Room and Entrance Lobby will be developed as spaces for public use. The building will be used to tell the story of Belfast’s industrial heritage, focusing on the authentic spaces and fixtures and fittings that relate to the local shipbuilding industry.
Paul Mullan, Head of HLF Northern Ireland, said: “This is an exciting project that will see one of Belfast’s most historic buildings reborn as a major tourist destination. This, like many of the city’s historic buildings, has incredible potential to act as a driver of regeneration and economic growth. With Heritage Enterprise, HLF is helping local businesses tap into that potential by covering the high costs of restoring vacant and underused heritage buildings – making them fit-for-purpose as commercial, and therefore sustainable, spaces.”
The Harland and Wolff Headquarters Building and Drawing Offices on Queen’s Island were the control centre for the largest shipyard in the world. It was here that Belfast workers created and designed over 1000 ships including the White Star Olympic Class Liners – Olympic, Titanic and Britannic and naval warships such as HMS Belfast. The building has been vacant since 1989 and
has been considered ‘at risk’ for almost a decade.
We look forward to seeing this happen and it’ll be a fantastic addition to the Titanic Quarter.
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