Belfast Waterfront development nears completion

The new look Belfast Waterfront marked a major milestone last month, as the final fixtures were put in place on its £29.5m extension.

A 'topping out' ceremony was held inside the remodeled venue last month, with representatives from Belfast City Council and Tourism Northern Ireland - who, along with the European Regional Development Fund, are funding the expansion. Two new riverside terraces have been completed and construction is currently on schedule. Attention will now turn towards the interior spaces, ahead of fit out and upgrade works in the existing building.

Two interconnecting halls, three additional meeting rooms and a new reception area will integrate with the existing Auditorium and Studio spaces to create the city`s largest conference and exhibition facility, catering for up to 5,000 guests across 7,000msq of flexible space.

Terence Brannigan, chairman of Tourism NI said: "The expansion of Belfast Waterfront is the most significant and exciting project for tourism in our capital since the opening of Titanic Belfast in 2012, and will build on our efforts to make Belfast a world-class destination of choice for the business tourism market around the globe."

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