Titanic Belfast

Marking the centenary of Titanic's maiden voyage

Brief/Challenges

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.

Commission

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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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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