The Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices are the most significant and oldest structure remaining of Belfast’s shipbuilding industry on Queen’s Island, and the control centre for the largest shipyard in the world.
The building had been left vacant since 1989, and was placed on the Northern Ireland Buildings at Risk Register in 2004. This project has restored the building as a hotel, protecting its heritage assets with public access to the most significant elements.
The two drawing offices were particularly noted as evocative of the building’s history, as they have remained largely unchanged since they were used for the design of the Titanic. The public will have access to one of these Drawing Rooms, while the other is planned to become the hotel’s dining room.
The finished hotel will have 84 bedrooms, with four-star accommodation. When complete the project will have provided at least 12 individuals with heritage protection skills, as well as creating job opportunities and increasing the number of visitors who will come to the Titanic Quarter.
For more information, please see the Titanic Hotel Belfast website.