After only 8-months of operation, Titanic Hotel Belfast has won the prestigious RICS Award for 'outstanding contribution to tourism and leisure facilities in Northern Ireland.'
The new hotel occupies the original Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Headquarters, one of Northern Ireland's most important historical buildings. A location of global significance where over 1,000 ships were designed including the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Built in stages from 1886 to 1922, the oldest sections are the two triple-height Drawing Offices, located to the rear of the building.
The judges said, "Building on a successful brand is challenging and this project excels in the manner that it complements and adds to the Titanic name.
It is stylish not overstated, it is respectful not humble and most critically it brings a unique piece of Belfast’s history into contemporary life.
The participation of local residents and staff in sharing the human stories is exemplary.
It is exceeding commercial projections and is an attraction in itself.
A truly exceptional addition to Belfast’s tourism offer."
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) Awards 2018, Northern Ireland celebrates the region's most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
The hotel will now go forward to compete at the RICS Awards 2018 Grand Final, against 11 other UK regional winners, which takes place on Friday 02 November at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London.