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The Architectural Technologists - AprMay12

The Architectural Technologists - AprMay12

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 April / May 2012
- Designed/built
- News and announcements
- Gallery - the BIG pictures
- Building product news
- Building project news
Some of the colour photography used in The Architectural Technologists Book is provided and paid for by contributors. Whilst every effort is made by the publishers to ensure that the content of the articlesis accurate, the publishers do not accept liability for errors that may appear in the publication. Published quarterly, free of charge to a readership under the publishers control. Copies are otherwise availableon request at cost of £5.00 per single issue including postage. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the publisher. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may bereproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording in any storage or retrieval system without the consent of the publisher.Published by: Link2Media Ltd Editorial Office: Barn 3, Dunston Business Village, Stafford Road, Dunston, Stafford ST18 9AB Tel: 01785 711591 Fax: 0845 862 8639e:info@link2media.co.uk www.link2media.co.uk
Glass SolutionsPage 38. www.glassolutions.co.uk
The World’s Largest Titanic Attraction Opening In Belfast
One hundred years after the birth of the world’s most famous ship, the £97million Titanic Belfast has become a major new tourist attraction for NorthernIreland. Its centrepiece is a stunning recreation of the Titanic’s iconic GrandStaircase by Torquay-based architects Kay Elliott. Titanic Belfast isan iconic 14,000sq m (150,700sq ft), six-floorbuilding featuringnine interpretiveand interactivegalleries thatexplore the sights,sounds, smells andstories of Titanic,as well as the Cityand people whichmade her. Theworld’s largest Titanic visitor experience accommodates a dark ride, underwaterexploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s cabins, interactive technologiesand a luxurious conference and banqueting venue, the Titanic Suite. As faithful to the original as modern building regulations and design constraints allow,the recreation of the staircase is the focal point of the 1,000-seater TitanicSuite, Belfast’s largest dedicated banqueting space. The near-replica GrandStaircase is 23ft high and 24ft wide, has 23 steps, weighs nearly four tonnesand is made up of 10,000 individual parts. It was built in six separate sectionsusing red oak, the same wood which was used for the Titanic’s Grand Staircase.Six joiners worked on the project and it’s estimated to have taken 1,500 man-hours over four months to complete.The challenge of matching the craftsmanship of original designers Harland& Wolff was met by Oldtown Joinery, a specialist joinery firm from Bellaghy,Co. Londonderry, using materials and techniques similar to those used in theshipyard 100-years ago. Alongside the design of the staircase, Kay Elliott was also responsible for theinterior design, making sure a high quality visitor experience was created.Titanic Belfast includes four public entrances, a four storey atrium, temporaryexhibition galleries, the 1,000 seat banqueting suite/conference centre, prefunction areas, education and community facilities, restaurants, retail spacesand an underground car park.Mark Muir, Kay Elliott’s Project Director for Titanic Belfast, said: “A majorchallenge was the lack of complete drawings of the original staircase.We developed a detailed 3D technical model based on photographs of theoriginal staircase onboard Titanic’s sister ship Olympic - a job which involvedpainstaking detective work over several months so we could be as true to thedesign as possible. The result is a stunning centrepiece of the Titanic, locatedon the top two floors of the attraction, that itself offers a journey throughhistory, showcasing key points in the Titanic ship’s life. It is also testament tothe skills of the many designers and craftsman involved.” Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast’s CEO, added: “Titanic’s Grand Staircase is oneof the most well-known focal points of the world’s most famous ship and issynonymous with the grandeur of Edwardian society. Titanic Belfast is theworld’s largest Titanic visitor attraction and we want to bring the Titanic storyalive for our visitors and guests from all over the world and replicate the timelesselegance that was designed to impress the first class passengers onboard. KayElliott and Oldtown Joinery have done a superb job on an extremely intricateand detailed process – virtually every part of the near-replica Grand Staircasehas been hand crafted in the traditional way.”www.kayelliott.co.uk www.titanicbelfast.com

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