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Luxury hotel due to open at Titanic Drawing Offices

What the finished hotel will look like at Belfast's Harland & Wolff former headquarters.

A new luxury hotel in the former Harland & Wolff headquarters and Drawing Offices in Belfast is due to open in 10 weeks.

Titanic Hotel Belfast boasts 119 rooms with views of the city’s historic shipbuilding sites, the Harland & Wolff cranes, Titanic Belfast and the slipways.

The £27m hotel has been restored and operated by Harcourt Developments and is bringing over 75 new jobs to the city.

Five million pounds of investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund was secured by the Titanic Foundation for work on the historic Drawing Offices, where over a century ago draftsmen designed luxury liners.

The distinctive arches have been kept and original moulding restored. Floor and wall tiles have been reclaimed from the main building, and original tiles that surround the main bar are identical to those used for HMS Titanic’s swimming pool.

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History and heritage helped build this hotel, and it can be seen in every aspect of the finish, from the carpet to the cornices.

– John Doherty, Harcourt Developments

John Doherty, Group Creative Director at Harcourt Developments, said: “We are working with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Titanic Foundation to ensure Belfast’s illustrious shipbuilding legacy is told in true style.”

“The hotel will also tell the story of the people who made the industry here in a way that no other destination could. Over the past five years the Titanic Foundation has welcomed over 50,000 people to the Drawing Offices from the local community who have personal links to the heritage of the ship and headquarters. We could not have told this story without them.”

Rooms for opening week are almost sold out with visitors from all around the world.

One of the finished rooms in the new hotel with nautical finishing touches included riveted doors. Credit: UTV

Once open, the hotel will host public-access tours of the main Drawing Offices starting with a six-week free exhibition.

Kerrie Sweeney, CEO Titanic Foundation Ltd, commented; “We are nearing completion on this exciting heritage project and it is fantastic to see the historic and the new come together. The regeneration of the Harland & Wolff Headquarters and the Drawing Offices has been fascinating to watch.

“The funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been vital in ensuring those small features that tell hugely historical stories are restored and give the local community and visitors from around the world a genuine piece of our shipbuilding history.”

Titanic Hotel Belfast opens on 10 September 2017.