Harland & Wolff drawing offices to be restored

A £5m grant from a new Heritage Lottery Fund programme will be used for the regeneration of the Harland and Wolff headquarters building and drawing offices in Belfast. The building on Queen’s Island has been vacant since 1989 and has been considered “at risk” for almost a decade. The most historically important rooms, such as the drawing offices, board room, telephony room and entrance lobby, will be developed as spaces for public use.

It was once the control centre for the largest shipyard in the world where more than 1,000 ships, including the White Star Olympic Class liners – Olympic, Titanic and Britannic – and naval warships such as HMS Belfast, were designed.