Sounds of the Shipyard Inspire New Maritime Mile Visitor Experience
As part of our partnerhsip with the Maritime Belfast Trust, Belfast Harbour will be bringing an exciting new outdoor interactive visitor experience which will bring to life part of Belfast’s maritime heritage story, along the Maritime Mile, through sound.
The impressive all-weather structure will be located on the waterside, next to the Odyssey and Abercorn Marina, which was once the site of a brass foundry and Kelly’s Coal yards. The design and sound were inspired by the noise of striking metal emanating from the old shipyards.
SoundYard will celebrate Belfast’s maritime heritage, add to the animation, accessibility and vibrancy of the Maritime Mile, as well as help reconnect and educate children and adults of the significance of the shipyard to our city. Children will enjoy the sensory experience whilst playing within the structure while adults connect with the sound and interpretation within the site. In response to ongoing Covid-19 guidelines, the installation will be activated by motion sensors to avoid children touching the apparatus.
The structure’s unique design was the winning submission of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Early Career CityPlay Design competition in 2019. The talented young architects, Hannah Wilson, Matthew Kernan and Eunan Deeney, were inspired by the noise of striking metal from the old shipyard works and the sounds from repurposed metal pipework. The team also considered the circular economy for the built environment, and how elements have been designed with re-use, repurposing and recycling in mind.
The project has been funded by Tourism NI, Maritime Belfast Trust, JP Corry and Belfast Harbour, with collaborative partnerships with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, Todd Architects and the Odyssey Trust.
Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Maritime Belfast Trust, said:
Joe O’Neill, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour, said:
Tourism NI Director of Product Development, Rosemarie McHugh, said:
Ronnie West, Civils Products sales Manager at JP Corry, commented:
For further information about the project visit www.maritimebelfast.com or follow on Twitter: @MaritimeBelfast and LinkedIn. The Maritime Belfast Trust is working on several initiatives to enhance the Maritime Mile initiative, to attract more local people and visitors, and provide greater opportunities for engagement with the story of what was once, the largest shipyard in the world.