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 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.
It is expected that a planning application will be submitted to Belfast City Council in early October 2019.