Harland and Wolff HQ restoration 14 October 2013
Harland and Wolff HQ and drawing offices to be restored with £5m grant
A £5m grant from a new Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) programme will be used for the regeneration of the Harland and Wolff headquarters building and drawing offices in Belfast.
The money is earmarked to support the restoration of the Grade B+ listed building into a boutique hotel.
The development could create 109 jobs.
HLF has also allocated £784,000 to transform the Northern Counties building in Londonderry into a hospitality–based complex.
The Northern Ireland projects are among the first in the UK to benefit from the HLF’s new funding programme, Heritage Enterprise.
The Harland and Wolff building on Queen’s Island has been vacant since 1989 and has been considered “at risk” for almost a decade.
It was once the control centre for the largest shipyard in the world where more than 1,000 ships, including the White Star Olympic Class liners – Olympic, Titanic and Britannic – and naval warships such as HMS Belfast, were designed.
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.
Nicky Dunn, chair of Titanic Foundation Ltd, said: “We are delighted that our application to HLF’s Heritage Enterprise fund has been successful.
“The former Harland and Wolff headquarters building and drawing offices are one of the most authentic and tangible links to narrating Belfast and Northern Ireland’s maritime and industrial heritage.
“The Titanic Foundation has worked in partnership with Titanic Quarter Ltd to develop a new use for what we regard as a national icon.