A £10 million aquarium has been proposed for Titanic Quarter, as plans are announced for a state-of the-art visitor experience.

The proposals have been announced by UK-based ReefLIVE Ltd which plans to open the attraction on the Queen’s Road opposite the Titanic Hotel, a short distance from the world’s number one visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast.

ReefLIVE’s decision to open an Aquarium in Northern Ireland stems from the rising tide of public interest in marine life, and the environmental issues facing species and habitats off the shores of Britain and Ireland, and around the world. A spokesperson for ReefLIVE Ltd explained:

“ReefLIVE’s Belfast Aquarium has been designed as an aquarium for the 21st century and will place the visitor at the heart of the marine environment to give them a unique insight into the amazing stories of life beneath the waves. As part of our work, establishing solid partnerships with educational institutions will be of utmost importance to us at all phases of the facility’s programme development.”

Once open the Aquarium will be the largest Ocean visitor attraction on the island of Ireland. It is expected to attract more than 300,000 people each year and help to boost the length of each tourist visit to the city. They continued:

“Belfast has become one of the UK’s leading hubs for such family friendly experiences and we see the city as a thriving tourism destination. We are confident in our decision to choose Belfast over other top UK cities for our first investment of this kind.”

Belfast Aquarium

The aquarium building will be designed by Ethos Architects, and subject to planning approval will open in the spring of 2021. Brian Kelly, a director at the project’s planning consultants, Turley also commented:

“Turley is very excited to be part of this innovative project and we look forward to seeing the ReefLIVE Aquarium situated in the great company of neighbouring attractions as a best-in-class education landmark. This substantial investment will support the ongoing development of the area as a distinguished tourism destination.“

A pre-application community consultation drop-in event for this ReefLIVE Aquarium proposal will be held on August 20th at the Titanic Hotel (3-8pm), it is expected that a planning application will be submitted to Belfast City Council in early October 2019.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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