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Titanic Quarter's transforming vision works on different levels. Locally, it has created a neutral, shared space in central Belfast that all of the city's citizens can take pride in. It's also, however, about looking outwards, harnessing Titanic's global appeal to recast Northern Ireland's international reputation and acting as a bridgehead for overseas investment. By creating a new and dynamic space, Titanic Quarter seeks to help build a wealthier society which is more at ease with itself. As befits the scale of its namesake, Titanic Quarter's mixed-use nature is suitably diverse, covering tourism, financial services, recreation and leisure, science and technology, creative media and education. It includes the 24-acre Northern Ireland Science Park, already established as one of the U.K.'s top five. Titanic Belfast, the world's largest Titanic exhibition, opened in 2012, drawing over two million visitors from across the globe and revolutionizing Belfast's tourism offer. Titanic Quarter also includes Northern Ireland's largest further education college, 500 apartments, event space, cafes, restaurants, a hotel and a large presence from Citi (2,000 employees). Perhaps t he mos t remarkable success has been the creation of a vibrant TV and film production sector based at the Titanic Studios in a former industrial paint hall. The studios are home to the TV series Game of Thrones and an industry which hosted productions with a value of $60 million in 2014. There's also an urban spor ts pa rk a nd t he landing site of Europe's fastest fiber optic link to North America. When work started on RMS Titanic in 1909 Belfast was one of the power houses of t he Industrial Revolution. Titanic and her sister ships were the largest moving man-made structures ever built, winning Belfast the moniker of the 'Cape Canaveral of the Edwardian era'. Today, Titanic Quarter is helping provide a framework to rediscover Northern Ireland's talent for innovation and to create a new future that belongs to everyone. TITANIC QUARTER: Sustainable, Mixed-use Project to Regenerate Redundant Shipyard Where Titanic was Built. T itanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, is – as its name suggests – a development of epic proportions. Centered on the location where RMS Titanic was designed and built over a century ago, Titanic Quarter's 185 acres make it one of Europe's largest waterfront regeneration projects. Although it's been 20 years since Northern Ireland's political troubles ended, the region's economy and reputation still suffer from the after-effects of nearly 30 years of community strife. It's in this context that Titanic Quarter is more than just a large, mixed- use waterfront scheme with an impressive maritime heritage; it is a transformative endeavor. Titanic Quarter is a positive built on a negative. Shipbuilding once employed 30,000 people in Belfast, and when the industry's golden age ended it left a huge economic void. The city, however, was bequeathed an immense brownfield site in downtown Belfast, an incredible opportunity to build a new urban quarter in post-conf lict Belfast and create a focal point for new industries. Since work began in 2007, Titanic Quarter has attracted 15,000 people to live, work and study. With $510 million invested to date it has made a major economic impact, becoming a key driver for the wider economy. GIA 2015 Aerial shot of the Titanic Quarter redevelopment, the birthplace of the RMS Titanic. Global Innovator's Award Finalists 56 the LEADER | September/October 2015

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