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Looking shipshape! Inside the new £28million Titanic Hotel set to immerse its guests in the history of the luxury liner

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Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS Here is a sneaky peak inside the Titanic Hotel set to immerse its guests in the history of the luxury liner.

Belfast's new hotel is scheduled to open in September after a £28 million conversion project.

Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS Visitors will sit be able to sit below original corniced ceilings, just like the ships’ designers did, and walk on restored parquet floors as they nibble canapés while looking out on the slipway from where the Titanic was launched.

People will also be able to sip wine in a bar where the world’s most famous ship was born, Belfast Live reports.

Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS Drawing rooms, where draughtsmen worked into the night to create great ships like Titanic and Olympic, have been transformed into a function room and a bar.

The office where Lord William James Pirrie, or 1st Viscount Pirrie, discussed Harland & Wolff business with the great and the good is now one of several former offices converted for a range of activities from functions to meetings to afternoon tea.

Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS The £28 million conversion project is being driven by Harcourt Developments and has been done in partnership with the Titanic Foundation to ensure as much of the building’s heritage is preserved. To ensure authenticity, people who worked in Harland & Wolff have worked with the design team feeding memories of the building into its restoration.

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Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS Photographs from the shipyard’s heyday have also helped ensure accurate recreation of former glories as have lucky finds like original tiles discovered beneath layers of linoleum flooring.

They now decorate the island-style bar that sits at the centre of Drawing Room 2. The same tiles were used in the swimming pool onboard Titanic.

Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS One East Belfast lady, now in her 90s, has donated furniture made by her father who was a carpenter at the shipyard.

Some of her pieces will feature in an upstairs lounge overlooking one of the drawing rooms

There will be 119 rooms on offer, with a nautical theme throughout.

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Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS Some are in the original Harland & Wolff building while others are in a newly built extension which will feature a wrap-around glass ground floor with views of the Titanic Belfast visitor centre.

The team behind the colossal project say they are on target to have the hotel open by September 10 and a large number of rooms have already been booked for the first week.

Around 100 jobs are to be created by the hotel and 230 have been employed in its construction.

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Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS A £5 million investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund has also helped ensure the hotel plans have come to pass.

Members of the public will also be allowed into the hotel for tours.

John Doherty, Group Creative Director at Harcourt Developments, said the “history and heritage” of the building “can be seen in every aspect of the finish, from the carpet to the cornices”.

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Credits: Belfast Live WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Belfast Live WS He added: “The hotel will also tell the story of the people who made the industry here in a way that no other destination could.

Over the past five years the Titanic Foundation has welcomed over 50,000 people to the Drawing Offices from the local community who have personal links to the heritage of the ship and headquarters. We could not have told this story without them.

“We look forward to opening the doors on the 10th September so everyone can come to Belfast and experience the uniqueness of Titanic Hotel Belfast for themselves.”

Kerrie Sweeney, CEO Titanic Foundation Ltd, said they have worked closely with the builders “ensuring those small features that tell hugely historical stories are restored and give the local community and visitors from around the world a genuine piece of our shipbuilding history”.

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