Historic Titanic offices win lottery funding

Posted on by Rob Powell

THE DELAPIDATED offices in which the RMS Titanic was designed in Belfast look set to be reopened.

It was in the Harland and Wolff Drawing Office that plans for the ill-fated Titanic were drawn up.

She famously capsized and sunk after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage to New York with the loss of more than 1500 lives.

Harland and Wolff were at one time the largest shipbuilder in the world and it’s thought over 1,000 ships were designed from the Belfast offices.

Now, over a hundred years later, the new Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise scheme has awarded £5million in the Category B+ Listed offices which have been vacant since 1989.

Under the new plans, the drawing offices will be opened to the public and a new 87-bedroom boutique hotel will be developed which is expected to create 109 FTE (full time-equivalent) jobs.

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