The new Titanic building is a focal point in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The building’s distinctive design draws on the city’s shipbuilding heritage and is a new Belfast landmark. The 14,000sq.m structure accommodates nine galleries, a theatre and conference facilities. The building was officially opened in 2012 to mark the centenary of the ship’s maiden voyage. In 2016 Titanic Belfast was awarded the prestigious title of World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
ByrneLooby provided specialist geotechnical design services for the deep basement for this project. The site is located in challenging terrain consisting of made ground overlying 5m of Belfast sleech. Our design to facilitate the 7m deep basement excavation and building foundations consisted of an embedded secant pile retaining wall, load bearing piles and temporary propping. Conscious of program requirements, we developed a scheme which required only one row of temporary support, greatly accelerating the construction time for the substructure.