Something New

More transformations in the Titanic Quarter – this has suddenly sprung up beside the Movie Studios over the last few weeks!

It’s the new Titanic Exhibition Centre and it’s been amazing to watch its progress as we’ve tootled past on the tram each day.  Just last week it looked like this:

And then over the last few days it has started to take shape like this:

And if all goes according to plan, in another few weeks it will look like this – it’s due to be open for a wedding exhibition by mid-September!
titanic page 5 pic

It reminds me of the early days of the Dock, long before cafes and honesty boxes and pop-up markets – back when most conversations took place on foot, walking amongst the constantly changing landscape of the emerging TQ.

I dug out a few old photos of ‘works in progress’ I’ve been able to watch over the years – like the emergence of the ARC apartments:

– or the arrival of Belfast Met:

– or of course the transformation of the rubble-strewn slipways where Titanic was built into the stunning edifice of Titanic Belfast – beauty and awe and hope springing up out of the ground:

Titanic Belfast Appears from The DOCK on Vimeo.

There’s something about being surrounded by creativity and transformation that just makes my spirit soar.  It’s a physical reminder of a bigger truth: that Belfast is not stuck – we are changing and growing, building and trying  new things.

It’s such an inspiring place to go to work every day.