reefLIVE Aquarium Titanic Quarter Belfast Building, Northern Irish Architecture News, Pictures, Design

reefLIVE Aquarium Belfast, Titanic Quarter

3 Sep 2020

reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast News

Location: Queen’s Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Design exterior: Ethos Architects ; interior: Kay Elliott Architects and Theme 3

£12 million reefLIVE aquarium granted planning approval by Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council has approved plans to develop a state-of-the-art aquarium in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. The decision to approve the £12 million reefLIVE aquarium was made at tonight’s (02 September) planning committee meeting, allowing the company to set sail on the development of reefLIVE’s first aquarium.

reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast

The plans have been granted permission to build a new aquarium attraction to be located on the Queen’s Road opposite the Titanic Hotel, a short distance from Titanic Belfast.

The aquarium’s exterior has been designed by Ethos Architects, meanwhile the interior of the building has been devised by a world-leading aquarium design team led by Kay Elliott Architects and Theme 3 to create an aquarium for the 21st century.

Keith Thomas, Managing Director, reefLIVE Ltd commented:

“We are thrilled with Belfast City Council’s decision to approve our aquarium which has received a tremendous amount of public support since its original announcement last year. Our commitment to building our first reefLIVE aquarium in Belfast is testament to the City’s track record for tourism excellence and an unwavering confidence that sustained investment in Northern Ireland’s tourism and leisure sector will prove vital for the region’s recovery in a post-COVID world.”

reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast

It is anticipated that the reefLIVE Aquarium will be the largest marine-life visitor attraction on the island of Ireland and in bringing another international-standard attraction to the Titanic Quarter, will help to boost the length of each tourist visit to the city.

The reefLIVE aquarium will create 50 new jobs once operational, as well as construction jobs and apprenticeships. The Aquarium is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors each year when the attraction opens its doors in 2022.

The aquarium’s exterior has been designed by Ethos Architects, meanwhile the interior of the building has been devised by a world-leading aquarium design team led by Kay Elliott Architects and Theme 3 to create an aquarium for the 21st century.

reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast

Keith Thomas continued:

“The reefLIVE Aquarium Belfast will respond to huge public interest in the marine environment, the wonderful creatures that live there and the pressures on their habitats, communicating a strong and inspiring conservation message and showing how we can all make a positive difference. Combining stunning aquariums and a full range of cutting edge digital technologies, we’ll tell their stories and create a stunning and immersive visitor experience.”

All species within reefLIVE will be ethically sourced and aquarium displays and livestock will be maintained to the highest standards of animal welfare. reefLIVE will not display any Cetaceans or large pelagic shark species due to the team’s deeply held belief that the needs of these species cannot be met adequately in a captive environment.

reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast

Background:

reefLIVE is led by a management team with over 40 years of experience in designing, building and managing world-class aquarium attractions, and is backed by investors in the UK including in Northern Ireland.

The reefLIVE Aquarium will be designed, built and operated in full compliance with the Secretary of State’s Standard for Modern Zoo Practice and the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and will operate under The Zoos Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 upon licensing approval.

reefLIVE will not display any aquatic mammals or large pelagic shark species due to its deeply held belief that the needs of these species cannot be met adequately in a captive environment. Instead, ReefLIVE will tell their stories and the stories of the environments in which they live using cutting edge digital technology.

reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast images / information received 020920

Titanic Belfast visitor attraction
Titanic Belfast building
photograph : Christopher Heaney
Titanic Belfast designed by architect Eric Kuhnewith local architecture firm Todd Architects.

Location: Queens Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT3 9DT

Northern Irish Architectural Designs

Contemporary Architecture in Northern Ireland

Belfast Buildings

The Mercantile office development
Design: TODD Architects
The Mercantile office development Belfast
image courtesy of architects office
The Mercantile office development in Belfast Building

Belfast Transport Hub, Weavers Cross
Design: John McAslan + Partners with Arup
Belfast Transport Hub Building, Weavers Cross
image courtesy of architecture office
New Belfast Transport Hub Building

University of Ulster Belfast Campus Building
Design: TODD Architects
Ulster University Belfast Building
image courtesy of architects office
University of Ulster Belfast Campus

Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex, County Tyrone
Design: TODD Architects with Hall Black Douglas
Omagh Hospital Building
photograph © Chris Hill Photography
Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex

The Boat, Belfast
The Boat, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK by TODD Architects and Planners

Northern Irish Buildings

Victoria Square Belfast

MAC Belfast by Hackett Hall McKnight

Giants Causeway Visitor Centre

Irish Architecture

Irish Architect Office

Comments / photos for the reefLIVE Aquarium, Titanic Quarter Belfast page welcome