Our Sustainability Vision
Our vision is to create a sustainable community and safe environment that enhances the wellbeing of those who live, work, visit and stay in Titanic Quarter.
Rooted in Belfast’s rich maritime and economic heritage, the regeneration of Titanic Quarter land and existing buildings puts the principle of sustainable living at the heart of every project undertaken, and sympathetically blends new developments in with existing communities.
Belfast is recognised by the Global Destination Sustainability Index as a city committed to sustainable development and growth and is ranked as one of the top 20 sustainable destinations in the world. Belfast’s resilience strategy, the city’s first climate plan, outlines 30 transformational programmes to transition Belfast to an inclusive, zero-emissions, climate -resilient economy within a generation.
As key stakeholders invested in the future of Belfast, Titanic Quarter is committed to our role in futureproofing this city for generations to come.
Along with recycling, utilising green energy, reusing brownfield sites and former industrial buildings, and incorporating the latest green building technology, we are committed to initiatives that strengthen our community and wider environment.
We have aligned our sustainability goals to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Each of our developments within Titanic Quarter provide a significant contribution to the local economy, during construction, on completion, occupation, and as their businesses flourish.
Titanic Quarter is a thriving destination contributing over £757 million GVA per annum, and where 20,000 people LIVE, WORK, VISIT and STAY daily:
- Over 1,000 residents
- 12,000 jobs
- 3.6 million annual visitors
- 240 hotel beds
- £618 million capital investment
- £146 million social value generated
But we haven’t even reached the half way point!
By 2035 our aim is to have delivered…
- 8,800 residents
- 28,400 jobs
- 5.6 million annual visitors
- 876 hotel beds
- £1.9 bn capital investment
- £528 million social value generated (through work, health and wellbeing, apprenticeships and volunteering)
From concept design and throughout the construction process, we work closely with local businesses providing labour, services and supplies – boosting the local economy.
Our latest Grade A Office Development, Olympic House is supporting over 20 local companies and 250 construction jobs. On completion, this magnificent building will provide space for 1,500 office jobs.
Titanic Quarter is a leader in sustainable transport innovation.
We are committed to the delivery of an iconic sustainable waterfront destination encouraging sustainable travel and reducing congestion.
By introducing new infrastructure and offering commuters, residents and visitors alternative transport options, Titanic Quarter is at the forefront of sustainable transport innovation.
We aim to reduce vehicle transport in the area by a minimum of 35% by 2035. We will do this be facilitating active transport and promoting safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport links
Sustainable transport infrastructure is already in place – with Belfast’s rapid transport Glider service, Belfast Bikes (with 4 stations across the Quarter), and the Titanic Quarter Rail Halt all supporting the drive to sustainable transport in the Titanic Quarter.
Titanic Quarter is committed to a green and more environmentally sustainable approach to business noting the company vehicle fleet is now 100% electric.
Titanic Quarter embeds Sustainability and Green buildings within each and every project utilising partnerships with design and construction teams – with over 1/2 million sq ft LEED Gold and BREEAM Excellent buildings.
BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability accreditation represents ‘Best Practice’ in the industry, performing within the top 10% of the UK new non-domestic buildings in regards to environment, social and economic performance. Titanic Quarter is home to a number of ‘BREEAM Excellent’ buildings, and our latest Grade A office development, Olympic House (due to complete Summer, 2022) has been designed to achieve this accreditation.
The Gateway Offices, situated at the entrance to Titanic Quarter, now owned by Citi, was one of the first projects in Europe to secure a Gold LEED award – the global benchmark for measuring sustainability. (Completed in 2009)
Our green building development considerations are in line with the UK Government’s ‘Greener Buildings’ policy:
- Efficient use of energy, water, and other resources
- Use of renewable energy
- Pollution and waste reduction measures and the enabling of re-use and recycling
- Use of ethical and more sustainable materials
- Consideration of the environment in design, construction, and operation
- Consideration of the quality of life of occupants in design, construction, and operation
- A design that enables adaptation to a changing environment
Titanic Quarter promotes social, environmental and economic sustainability with the wellbeing of our community at the forefront of our values.
We want to build sustainable communities that deliver health and wellbeing initiatives for those who live, work and stay in the Titanic Quarter.
Our placemaking and wellbeing strategies within Titanic Quarter are best in class. These include ensuring Titanic Quarter is connected and integrated into surrounding areas of the city and beyond – through pedestrian and cycle routes, public transport and road networks.
Situated on the award winning ‘Maritime Mile’, Titanic Quarter has a wide range of maritime heritage assets, and an extensive public realm featuring a range of public art installations. The layout and architecture is responsive to the rich maritime and industrial heritage of Belfast and the Titanic Quarter in particular.
The extensive public realm and green space in the area is utilised by a range of community groups including walking groups, running clubs, cycle clubs and other leisure activities such as outdoor yoga.
Consideration is given to resident health and wellbeing in each scheme with secure cycle parking in office developments and podium gardens for residents. Bins throughout the estate are dual litter and recycling bins to encourage all patrons to think green and recycle.
Titanic Quarter is a privately managed, safe, secure community for all.
We work with our growing community of residents to ensure we are building a sustainable and promising future for all.
The ARC Residents Association, based in the ARC apartment complex operate social media groups and host regular meetings and communications with residents and with Titanic Quarter management.
Titanic Quarter works closely with Belfast Maritime Trust to engage with surrounding communities, local charities and schools to incorporate these groups into activities and to develop a pride of place and to foster a positive community spirit.
Regular events are hosted by Titanic Quarter on site bringing our community closer together. These have included the Belfast Maritime Festival, Halloween Monster Mash, Christmas in TQ along with music and entertainment events on the Titanic Slipways – bringing tens of thousands of visitors together to experience the unique surroundings of the Titanic Quarter.
For the safety for all within Titanic Quarter we work closely with Belfast Harbour Police and utilise the Titanic Quarter-wide CCTV to monitor the area for anti-social behaviour. This helps to ensure that Titanic Quarter has the lowest crime rate in Northern Ireland.
Titanic Quarter is building a future for generations to come – while paying tribute to generations of the past.
We are committed to the preservation and promotion of Belfast’s magnificent maritime heritage as a core feature of our regeneration work – from repurposing listed buildings and heritage assets, to ensuring that the memory of the RMS Titanic legacy lives on.
The Titanic Slipways, where RMS Titanic was built and launched, have been beautifully restored and feature a memorial listing the names of those who perished when Titanic sank in 1912. Visitors can now take a step back in time and walk in the shoes of Belfast’s yardmen and dock workers. The award-winning Titanic Belfast signature building is the centre piece of Belfast’s Titanic story – the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction that has attracted over 6 million visitors from 145 countries.
Titanic Hotel and Drawing Offices – the former Harland and Wolff Headquarters was built c. 1886 – 1917 and is a B+ listed building and was the centre of H&W activities for more than 100 years, where thousands of ships including the White Star Liners Titanic, Olympic and Britannic, and naval ships such as HMS Belfast, were designed. Working alongside Belfast Maritime, this incredible building has been transformed into a boutique hotel restoring many heritage features. The style and décor of the finished Titanic Hotel have been very much influenced by both the details that were in the building, and by the historic images of H&W at their prime.
The SS Nomadic is the last remaining White Star Line ship anywhere in the world and is an authentic piece of Belfast’s maritime heritage and the biggest Titanic artefact. Titanic’s ‘little sister’ ship has been meticulously restored and sits proudly in Hamilton Dock. The collaboration between SS Nomadic and Titanic Belfast attractions has advanced the development and promotion of Titanic Quarter as an international maritime heritage destination.
The Great Light is one of the largest optics of its kind ever built in the world and is around 130 years old. Weighing 10 tonnes and measuring 7 metres tall, the optic is a unique maritime heritage object with significance to Belfast’s economic, maritime and industrial past. It is totally irreplaceable and is an exceptionally rare maritime artefact. It produced one of the strongest lighthouse beams ever to shine and has now made it’s home on our Titanic Walkway.
Local landmarks, the Belfast Buoys, which were once located in Cathedral Gardens, took up their residence in Titanic Quarter’s Abercorn Basin in 2019. The three buoys are estimated to be around eighty years old and would have been used by mariners to find a safe channel to and from port. Each buoy weighs around 3 tonnes and are made of thick steel plates riveted together. They are hollow structures, filled with air to allow them to float, and they would have been secured in place by mooring chains, attached to a cast iron sinker sitting on the sea bed.