J3574 : Olympic House site, Belfast - November 2014(2)

taken 3 years ago, near to Ballymacarret, Belfast County Borough, Shankill, Queens Island and Sydenham, Northern Ireland

Olympic House site, Belfast - November 2014(2)
Olympic House site, Belfast - November 2014(2)
The view from the Sydenham Road towards the Harland & Wolff cranes and the building dock. Titanic Boulevard (Sydenham Road on the Google map) is on the left. The proposed “Olympic House” would occupy part of the left of the site.
Olympic House, Titanic Quarter, Belfast :: J3575
A site in the Titanic Quarter for which there was (20 August 2013) the following application for planning permission: “Z/2013/0931/F Land East of Queen's Road North of Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and South of Belfast Metropolitan College High specification office building (of 6 and 7 storeys) comprising 2,970 sq m of class B1(a) office use and 14,642 sq m of B1 (C) research and development, basement car parking, landscaping, access and associated site works”.
This is an extract from an Department of the Environment press release: “Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for nearly 3,000 sq m of high specification office space in the Titanic Quarter. ~ Friday, 21 March 2014 The two blocks of six and seven storeys will be located between Belfast Metropolitan College’s Titanic Quarter Campus and the Public Records Office for Northern Ireland. The proposal also includes over 14,000 sq m for research and development plus basement car parking, landscaping, access and associated site works at Queen’s Road. Mark H Durkan said: “It is anticipated that once complete this building will accommodate 2,000 workers at this highly desirable waterfront location”.
The Titanic Quarter, Belfast
A selection of photographs showing some of the buildings and the undeveloped sites in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast. The area includes 185 acres of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard. The new buildings cover a range of uses including apartments, offices, hotel, a college, the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland and the “Titanic Belfast”.
The Harland and Wolff Building Dock, Belfast :: J3575
The building dock in Belfast was constructed between 1968-1970 by George Wimpey & Company for the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. A massive 556 metres long by 93 metres wide, it was designed for the construction of massive crude oil tankers and bulkers. Although many ships were constructed here, including two supertankers of 172,174 tonnes (343,423 DWT), the yard was in decline by the early 1970s and the dock never really fulfilled its potential. The last ship to be constructed was the 'Anvil Point' in 2003 and the yard now specialising in ship repair and the emerging renewable energies sector, notably offshore wind turbines and tidal energy projects.
Towering above the dock are the two gantry cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath'. Now landmarks on the Belfast skyline, the cranes were designed for the yard by the German firm Krupp. Goliath, completed in 1969 and mostly fabricated by the yard, stands at 96 metres and Samson, completed in 1974 and built entirely by Krupp, is taller at 106 metres. Both cranes have a span of 140m and have a safe working load of 840 tonnes each (though I believe were tested for 1,000 which caused the top girders to bend downwards by some 11 inches). They run on 800m of track which spans the length of the dock and each crane has 64 special anti-friction bearing mounted wheels.
Both the dock and the cranes are now protected scheduled monuments. See LinkExternal link for technical information .
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J3574, 420 images   (more nearby )
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Saturday, 1 November, 2014   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 1 November, 2014
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast 
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Irish: geotagged! J 351 748 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.2065N 5:54.5878W
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Irish: geotagged! J 350 747
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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