Titanic Belfast

Marking the centenary of Titanic's maiden voyage


Titanic Belfast is Belfast's new £97 million visitor attraction housed in a dramatic new building on the site where the ship was built 100 years ago. Nine interpretative and interactive galleries explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic and the dockyard as well as the city and people which made her. It opened on Saturday 31 March 2012 and each gallery presents multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawings together special effects, a dark ride, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features. The experience takes visitors from Titanic’s conception to her demise and ultimate re-discovery on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the experience includes an amazing dark ride through part of the ship during its construction in the Belfast Dockyard. The cars on the ride are suspended and rise, fall and rotate as the visitors glide through the impressive setworks enhanced by dramatic audio visual effects.


Paragon was appointed to complete the setworks for the project which meant that all of our departments were working on this project because of the substantial joinery and set works, metal work, theming, model making, interactives and effects required. The exhibits we researched, designed, built and installed included a replica of the main iconic staircase, a number of full size replica cabins including the opulent first class staterooms and the second and steerage class cabins, a replica of a full sized lifeboat, a replica hull standing 9m high and a series of full sized metal anchor chains.

During the offsite construction the setworks in our workshops emphasized the vast scale of the ship, and we were all dwarfed by a section of the replica hull at 9 metres high only to understand that the original would have been nine storeys high.

Our client: Harcourt Construction 
Designed by: Event Communication

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