‘Belfast is becoming the Hollywood of Europe’

‘Belfast is becoming the Hollywood of Europe’

Irish Times - Game of Thrones put Northern Ireland on the global TV map. Now a Belfast studio is making a Superman prequel series, and, for local producers, the sky’s the limit….

Based in the Titanic Quarter, which has been developed by Dublin-based Harcourt Developments, Titanic Studios is one of the largest film studios in Europe.

A Game of Thrones prequel is currently shooting at a number of locations across the North, including Titanic Studios.

Cameras roll in Northern Ireland on Game of Thrones prequel

Cameras roll in Northern Ireland on Game of Thrones prequel

Belfast Telegraph - The world of dragons, ice and fire has returned to Northern Ireland with filming underway on the Game Of Thrones prequel series.

Filming started for the as-yet untitled show at a remote secret location in Co Down and on the north coast last week.

Various sites across the province were also being set up last week, including Titanic Studios in Belfast.

Titanic Hotel Belfast crowned Northern Ireland's best at world travel awards

Titanic Hotel Belfast crowned Northern Ireland's best at world travel awards

Belfast Live - The Titanic Hotel Belfast was crowned 'Northern Ireland's Leading Hotel 2019' at the World Travel Awards in Portugal.

The World Travel Awards, now in their 26th year, honour excellence within the hotel industry and the standard of service the hotel has demonstrated to visitors throughout the year.

The awards are considered the most prestigious travel and tourism event of the year, bringing together many leading industry figureheads and VIPs from across all continents.

Plan for 280-bedroom family-focused hotel in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

Plan for 280-bedroom family-focused hotel in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

Belfast Telegraph - A London-based hospitality concern has announced plans to build a hotel next to Titanic Belfast.

JMK Group is proposing a 280-bedroom 'family-friendly' hotel for the tourist hotspot, which would make it one of the biggest in the city.

Expected to be open at Hamilton Dock by the summer of 2021, the company said it wants to capitalise on the family-focused attractions in the Titanic Quarter by dedicating 100 rooms to families.

Carlisle Bay, Antigua: A blissful retreat set in its own private Caribbean cove

Carlisle Bay, Antigua: A blissful retreat set in its own private Caribbean cove

Country Life - Carlisle Bay offers a wonderful place to stay on the enchanting and unspoilt island of Antigua, as Lilias Wigan found out.

‘There’s a beach for every day of the year,’ is something they’re fond of saying on the Caribbean island of Antigua. And while it’s a catchy line, we’ve never been entirely convinced of how much of a draw it really is for a visitor with a week or two to spare. Wouldn’t it be better to have one truly superb slice of paradise on your doorstep to enjoy the island’s harmony of relaxation, West Indian culture and natural beauty?

Thankfully, the Carlisle Bay resort offers exactly that, a secluded treasure that takes full advantage of a location nestled in a private cove in the south-west of the island set amid lush tropical plants, pristine sea and white sand.

Ten units available just minutes from Luas line

Ten units available just minutes from Luas line

Irish Independent - Harcourt Developments' Cúil Dúin scheme in Citywest is a five-minute walk from the Saggart Luas stop that Harcourt part-funded during the Celtic Tiger - it was among a number of developers to finance a 4.2km-extension of the Tallaght Luas line to the Citywest Business Campus.

Harcourt really had to bide its time before the investment paid off: the extension didn't open until 2011. But the Luas extension finally bore fruit in 2016, when the first phase of 45 houses at its Cúil Dúin development sold out within a matter of weeks, thanks to demand from first-time buyers.

Citi acquires Gateway Offices building in Titanic Quarter

Citi acquires Gateway Offices building in Titanic Quarter

The Irish News - one of Belfast's most prominent office buildings, the Gateway Offices at Titanic Quarter, has been sold to sitting tenants Citi in a deal understood to be worth in the region of £35 million

The building comprises three accommodation blocks, central feature courtyard and underground car parking, and has been let to Citi since the building was completed in 2009.

James Eyre, commercial director at Titanic Quarter, said: "This sale is good news for Belfast. Having a high-quality occupier and employer such as Citi acquire its principal building, demonstrates its long-term commitment to Titanic Quarter and Belfast.”

Game of Thrones exhibition feels right at home as it arrives in Belfast

Game of Thrones exhibition feels right at home as it arrives in Belfast

Belfast Telegraph - Winter has been coming for seven seasons of fantasy epic Game Of Thrones - and with the final season due to start in the early hours of Sunday, it will finally arrive.

Rarely has a series gripped imaginations across the world, and the success has brought tens of thousands of tourists to Northern Ireland, where much of the show has been filmed.

From today fans can immerse themselves in the world of Westeros with Game Of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition running at the Titanic Exhibition Centre until September.

Offices in Dublin business park to be converted to apartments

Offices in Dublin business park to be converted to apartments

Irish Times - As property developers’ focus on residential development continues to surge, some are getting creative. Take Harcourt Developments, for example. The veteran developer, which is behind large-scale schemes such as the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, has secured planning permission at Park West Avenue in Dublin 12 to convert two existing office blocks, numbers 70 and 72, into apartments.

Here's what's happening on Bellingham's waterfront - VIDEO

Here's what's happening on Bellingham's waterfront - VIDEO

Bellingham Herald - The Port of Bellingham and Harcourt have completed several projects on the 137 acres of waterfront property. The team are now gearing up for a variety of projects for the waterfront district, including some construction work that could get going in the second half of the year. Here’s an update on what’s happening on the former Georgia-Pacific site.

Prime site in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter offers regeneration opportunities

Prime site in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter offers regeneration opportunities

Irish Times - A prime commercial development site in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, next to the award-winning visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, has gone on the market.

The latest site for sale – Plater’s Yard – occupies a waterfront location, and is positioned within an area that has already received outline planning permission and full planning permission for two hotels, 152 apartments, 12 commercial units and a 382-space underground car park.

Titanic Belfast seeks 150 temporary staff as huge summer looms

Titanic Belfast seeks 150 temporary staff as huge summer looms

Belfast Telegraph - The management company behind Titanic Belfast is seeking 150 new staff, some of whom will work at an eagerly-awaited exhibition on fantasy TV drama Game Of Thrones.

The exhibition on cult series Game Of Thrones, which is part-filmed in Northern Ireland, will make its first stop in the UK and Ireland at Titanic Quarter in April.

Multi-million pound Belfast office development project out to tender

Multi-million pound Belfast office development project out to tender

The Irish News - A MULTI-million pound construction contract in Belfast's Titanic Quarter has gone out to tender.

Expressions of interest are now being sought from building contractors for the construction of Olympic House, a 150,000 sq ft Grade A office development on Queen's Road.

A joint venture between Belfast Harbour Commissioners and the owners of Titanic Quarter, construction on Olympic House is due to start in the the spring and take around 18 months to complete.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel Appoints New General Manager

Lough Eske Castle Hotel Appoints New General Manager

Harcourt Developments, the proprietors of Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal has announced the appointment of Donal Cox as the venue’s new general manager.  Cox has returned to Lough Eske Castle from sister hotel Redcastle Hotel & Spa in north Donegal, after having previously served as the former hotel’s operations manager seven years ago.

Cast Your Anchor at One of Belfast’s Most Unique Experiences – Titanic Hotel Belfast Review

Cast Your Anchor at One of Belfast’s Most Unique Experiences – Titanic Hotel Belfast Review

The Taste - I have to admit I was fairly sure Belfast had exhausted every Titanic related revenue opportunity conceivable. With thousands of tourists flocking to The Titanic Quarter in Belfast on a daily basis it seemed odd that this neck of the woods was poorly served however when it came to accommodation options.

The Titanic is a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the now infamous RMS Titanic was built. Being one of the busiest visitor attraction in Northern Ireland it makes perfect sense that when an opportunity to acquire an old shipbuilding office right next door presented itself the company behind this mammoth attraction saw it as a chance to really transform the space.

‘Log scramble’ and slide are the latest attractions at Bellingham’s waterfront park

‘Log scramble’ and slide are the latest attractions at Bellingham’s waterfront park

Bellingham Herald - For families looking for a new playground for their kids to conquer, Waypoint Park is ready.

The park is one of several projects happening as the city, Harcourt Developments and the Port of Bellingham work to redevelop the area. This includes a glass-and-steel structure being built near the Granary building by Harcourt for a potential fine dining restaurant; the construction of the waterfront district’s two main roads, Granary Avenue and West Laurel Street and a $32 million residential project west of Waypoint Park.

Historic Campaign Launched To Bring Titanic Artefacts Home

Historic Campaign Launched To Bring Titanic Artefacts Home

Belfast, Northern Ireland - National Geographic Pledges $500,000 Toward Effort Supported by James Cameron and Dr. Robert Ballard, Discoverer of the Titanic Wreck.

The Titanic champions pledged their support at the event which formally launched a $20m campaign by Royal Museums Greenwich, National Museums Northern Ireland, Titanic Belfast and Titanic Foundation Limited to bring home to the UK and Ireland 5,500 artefacts.

Harcourt hosts Late Late Show

Harcourt hosts Late Late Show

Harcourt recently hosted Sir Paul McCartney, James Corden and the Late Late Show production crew at the Titanic Hotel while they were in Liverpool filming the latest episode of Carpool Karaoke.

Described as 'one of the most extraordinary interviews he's ever done', James Corden spent a special day with Paul McCartney exploring the city of Paul's youth, visiting his childhood home where he wrote music with John Lennon, performing songs in a local pub and of course driving around singing a few of Paul's biggest hits.