Stepping through the entrance gates of the old Harland and Wolff drawing offices the new Titanic Belfast building looms impressively above me. The shiny aluminium shards which clad each of the four 90ft ‘hulls’ of the building glint in the sunlight, and as you walk closer you can see the different shapes which make each of them individual and give the impression of water glistening off the side of a boat as it cuts through the icy North Atlantic sea.
I’ve arrived at Titanic House in the old drawing offices in east Belfast to get a sneak preview of the inside of the city’s newest iconic building. With six floors, nine exhibition galleries equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and the city’s largest banqueting suite with views overlooking Belfast lough, it is tipped to become Northern Ireland’s must-see tourist attraction when it opens next April in time to mark the centenary of the doomed liner’s sinking.
The building has already become something of a landmark on the city’s skyline, and it is even more impressive up close.