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16th March, 2015


Proposal Will Be Belfast’s Largest Dedicated Exhibition Space

Titanic Quarter has revealed plans to develop a new Titanic Exhibition Centre (TEC) which will be Belfast’s largest dedicated exhibition venue.

A planning proposal for a 6,000 square metre, temporary building on the Queen’s Road, opposite the Titanic Studios, will be lodged later this month.  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.

David Gavaghan, Titanic Quarter’s CEO, said:

“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.

“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.”

Planning permission will be sought for a 120m long facility with a 50m internal span. Made out of double skinned, tensioned fabric, these temporary but robust structures are widely used for big events such as the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture Event Space in 2013. It will include catering and WC facilities.

Spokesperson for Northern Ireland Event Organisers (NIEO), Clive Corry, said:

“Exhibitions are a major revenue generator for Belfast City and we are excited by the possibilities that this project will open up for our members.”

Total usable exhibition space in the TEC will amount to 5,000 square metres, which will accommodate exhibitions with 20,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors.