Titanic Quarter gets approval for more studio space
Belfast's Titanic Quarter, home to Game of Thrones, has received the official stamp of approval to expand its footprint by 100,000sq ft.
At an estimated cost of Â£14m, the new space will comprise two new sound stages, effectively nearly doubling the current production space at Titanic Studios which already houses the historic Paint Hall.
On top of the two new film studios, the approved plans comprise supporting facilities including film production workshops and a roof-mounted solar panel system.
Following months of waiting for the decision to be confirmed - the application went in on 20 December 2013 - the news was broken by Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.
Durkan said: "This planning application for two film studios and supporting facilities would, if constructed, put Belfast on the map as one of Europe's largest film production locations.
"The use of sustainable technology with the roof mounted solar panel system is also to be welcomed. These photovoltaic roof mounted panels convert solar radiation into electricity which reduces costs - a win-win for business and the environment. Developments like this are leading the way in helping Northern Ireland move towards a low carbon economy."
The minister concluded: "It is my aim to ensure planning creates a better environment and a stronger economy. This development helps to do this."