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Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Comprising of 75 hectares or 185 acres of prime waterfront land, this project is one of Northern Ireland’s most important regeneration enterprises.

Titanic Quarter has already created a vibrant area for 20,000 people, with its mix of  uses. 

The project is located in the birthplace of the world-famous Titanic Ocean liner and it was the focal point for the production of Game of Thrones.  It’s also home to ‘Titanic Belfast’, which was voted the world’s best tourist attraction in 2016.

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Location:

Belfast

Investment type:

Capital investment - real estate

Sector:

(Greener buildings, Real estate, Mixed use, Residential, Offices, Retail, leisure & creative)

Project promoter:

Titanic Quarter Limited

Scale:

£365 million GDV

Planning status:

Detailed planning obtained

Time to Final Investment Decision (FID):

0-6 months

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Neil McIvor

Investment Opportunities Project Manager, Northern Ireland

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Sector and market opportunity

Over the next decade, the Titanic Quarter site should benefit from Belfast Region City Deal initiatives, with £1 billion of co-investment.

Public sector investments help further de-risk this opportunity and provide stimulus for occupier demand. Initiatives that could replace EU funding could also benefit the site, due to its proximity to Belfast Port.

A variety of commercial and residential sectors can also be built out over several phases.

Location

Northern Ireland is uniquely positioned, in that it has retained tariff-free access to both the UK and EU. Northern Ireland is also the only United Kingdom land border with the rest of the European Union.

Titanic Quarter enjoys an established vibrant location that overlooks the River Lagan, next to Belfast’s commercial core. The area has already benefitted from £750 million of public and private sector investment, to include attractive riverside public realm.

Connectivity

Belfast enjoys excellent road, rail and air infrastructure connectivity right across the British Isles. It’s only a 1-hour flight from London and Dublin is less than 2 hours by car. Both the M1 and M2 motorways are only a couple of minutes away, too.

Belfast has the highest availability of superfast broadband in the UK and the fastest direct broadband link from Europe to North America.

Local talent and skills

About 61% of all jobs in Northern Ireland are in Belfast. The country has a young population, with 53% of the population aged under 40.

There are 2 world-leading universities in Belfast. Over 73% of their research is deemed world leading or internationally excellent. Belfast also has 2 hospitals, each with considerable R&D opportunities.

Already, over 70% of companies choose to reinvest in Northern Ireland and it is already home to more than 1,100 international investors, including Allstate, Citi, Seagate, Spirit Aerosystems and FinTrU.

These statistics demonstrate an attractive business environment which should provide demand for various sectors as well as a vibrant labour talent pool.

Research and expertise

Titanic Quarter is an established, already successful example of regeneration within Northern Ireland.

It’s the home of a variety of key organisations, such as Catalyst, Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Hotel, Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, Amazon and Citi.

Further details

Northern Ireland holds the top position as an international investment location for US cyber security firms and it’s known for its business-friendly attitude.

It’s also the world’s top region for financial services technology.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) highlights

The project promoter, Titanic Quarter Limited, has sustainability at the heart of its culture.

Examples include:

  • Maritime Mile, a waterfront experience that connects key attractions at Titanic Quarter through high-quality public realm
  • Citi’s Gateway Office, which was awarded a Gold LEED certification for its advanced design features
  • Olympic House, which is currently under construction, and is poised to deliver cutting edge sustainability credentials

Promoters and partnerships

Titanic Quarter Limited is a privately owned company that is active in several other countries.

It’s recently completed a major distribution centre on the site for Amazon and is currently constructing Olympic House, which consists of 2 linked office buildings.

Local and national government support

The opportunity has close alignment with local government policies such as Programme for Government, The Belfast Agenda and the Belfast Region City Deal.

Post-Brexit Northern Ireland in the only land border with the rest of the EU.

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