Titanic Quarter names Eyre as new chief executive

Titanic Quarter
Titanic Quarter's new chief executive James Eyre

The company behind the regeneration of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter has appointed James Eyre as its new chief executive.

He joined the team in August 2006, just prior to the commencement of construction of the first projects in Titanic Quarter, and since 2014 has been commercial director, playing a major role in the delivery of development projects and the estate management.

Titanic Quarter has evolved from masterplan to reality as a thriving and bustling destination, where some 20,000 people live, work, visit and stay.

More than £618 million has already been invested in Titanic Quarter, delivering homes for over 1,000 residents.

It is Northern Ireland’s leading visitor and leisure destination and generates 12,200 direct and indirect jobs for the city. Titanic Quarter is also home to over 100 companies such as Citi, HBO, Amazon, Artemis and Catagen to name a few.

Olympic House, recently completed and now ready for occupiers, is the district’s most recent flagship office development, while construction of Loft Lines (778 new apartment homes) commenced last June and represents the largest ever private sector investment into housing in the north. Construction of the Hamilton Dock Hotel (228 beds) also started in December.

As chief executive, James will continue to build on Titanic Quarter Ltd’s commitment to deliver sustainable and vibrant developments at pace, with the ambition over the next 10 years to increase the investment in Titanic Quarter to £2 billion, create over £500 million of social value, grow its residential population to 9,000 people and increase the number of direct and indirect jobs to 27,100.

Loft Lines, which will provide 778 waterfront homes, has started building at Titanic Quarter and will complete in 2025
Loft Lines, which will provide 778 waterfront homes, has started building at Titanic Quarter and will complete in 2026

He said: “I’m excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead such a dedicated team here. We have significant plans and ambition for the coming years, and I believe the opportunities for Titanic Quarter and for the city of Belfast are immense.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Belfast Harbour and all of our supportive stakeholders to deliver the growth ambitions of Titanic Quarter and Belfast.

John Hansen, non-executive chairman, added: “The board is delighted to announce James’s appointment as our chief executive. He has shown a strong strategic outlook and sound judgement when it comes to the future direction of Titanic Quarter and is an excellent choice to lead the business into the next exciting phase of its continued development.”