Titanic Quarter, Belfast

RPS was commissioned as civil & structural engineering consultant for the redevelopment of the 185 acre Titanic Quarter Site. Developments on the site include mixed-use residential accommodation, office and leisure facilities, educational accommodation and other major public buildings including the award winning Public Records Office and the iconic Titanic Building.

We were involved in the detailed design of the site wide civil engineering infrastructure works. These works include new roads, signalised junctions, upgrading the existing carriageways adjacent to the site and public realm areas along with the site wide drainage infrastructure. We were also tasked with developing solutions for the remediation of this site given the contamination that pre-existed on the site from its former use. In addition, RPS developed flood mitigation strategies for the site and for a number of the buildings, where basements have been incorporated into the design.

RPS also provided civil, structural and fire engineering consultancy services for the award winning Titanic Belfast, a striking six-storey aluminium and glass clad building which forms the iconic centrepiece of the Titanic Quarter development. At £97m, this represents a major investment in tourism in Northern Ireland and provides Belfast with an iconic museum and exhibition space, centred on the theme of the Titanic.

The complex shape of the building necessitated detailed 3D modelling and finite element design for analysis of the structure with close collaboration between all design team members and the Main Contractor.

A double storey basement car park for 500 cars is provided beneath the building. The basement was designed as a secant piled wall concrete “box” which formed the podium for the building. The superstructure comprised in-situ concrete slabs supported on composite steel beams with in-situ concrete cores providing stability.