Titanic plans for exhibition centre

An artist's impression of the proposed Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast's Titanic Quarter
An artist's impression of the proposed Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast's Titanic Quarter
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A new exhibition centre planned for Belfast’s Titanic Quarter will be the largest dedicated exhibition venue in the city the developer has claimed.

The Titanic Exhibition Centre has been proposed by Titanic Quarter, the company responsible for the redevelopment of the area.

The plans to be submitted late this month are for a 6,000 square metre, temporary building on the Queen’s Road, opposite the Titanic Studios.

Subject to planning permission, it is expected that the facility will be available to stage major public exhibitions and trade shows by autumn 2015.

The longer-term plan is to develop a purpose-built, permanent TEC that will be on a par with facilities such as Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) and Dublin’s RDS and Conference Centre which regularly host major international events.

“Over the last few years Titanic Quarter has been approached by a number of exhibition organisers from within and without Northern Ireland to consider developing a dedicated Titanic Exhibition Centre,” said Titanic Quarter CEO David Gavaghan.

“With strong initial interest already secured, including provisional bookings, we believe this is an opportune time to develop a new space in central Belfast that will allow the city to market itself as a destination for local and international consumer, lifestyle and trade events.

“ It will complement existing facilities at Titanic Belfast, the Odyssey and Waterfront Hall, and help drive new visitors to the city.

“Glasgow’s SECC has been a tremendous boost to its local economy and we’re confident that Titanic Quarter, with its excellent transport links, hotels and leisure venues and proximity to the rest of the city centre, could replicate that success.”

Made out of double skinned, tensioned fabric, these structures are widely used for big events such as the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture Event Space in 2013.

Total usable exhibition space will amount to 5,000 sqm, which will accommodate exhibitions with 20,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors.