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26/11/2008

Site construction begins for new PRONI headquarters


Site construction begins for new PRONI headquarters
Culture Minister Gregory Campbell and Finance Minister Nigel Dodds today marked the start of the construction of the new Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

Going on site on the first day of work, Minister Campbell said: “The project to build a new headquarters for PRONI is a much needed investment in our cultural infrastructure. My department has committed around £30million to the new state of the art facilities which will protect Northern Ireland’s irreplaceable archives in a safe and secure environment.”

Minister Dodds commented: ''The construction industry makes an important contribution to the Northern Ireland economy and the on-going roll-out of the Investment Strategy (ISNI) will help to alleviate some of the current pressures on the industry. The new PRONI headquarters demonstrates both the Executive's commitment to the delivery of ISNI and its wider commitments to building a sustainable future under the Programme for Government.

“Sustainability has been used to formulate the overall development strategy for Titanic Quarter and the new PRONI headquarters building will be an excellent example of sustainable development in construction.''
Interest in personal history such as tracing family trees and in local history is on the increase. The location of the new building will mean much easier access for local, national and international visitors and will formally put PRONI on the map as a ‘must experience’ tourist attraction.

In his role as Architectural Design Champion, Minister Campbell continued: “It is our legal and moral duty to preserve our cultural heritage so that future generations can learn about their past. The new record office will be a building of high design and sustainable construction, a legacy for future generations to cherish and use. Titanic Quarter has its own historic story to tell and it is therefore very appropriate that many of the records held by PRONI, including some on the Titanic, will be available here.”


Story by Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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