The £12 million reefLIVE Aquarium will be opening in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter in 2022, offering an immersive, fully engaged visitor experience with live displays and cutting-edge narrative technology.
The reefLIVE Aquarium project will create new jobs and is expected, despite the effect of COVID-19 on the sector, to attract over 300,000 visitors each year. Blooloop spoke to Keith Thomas, Managing Director, reefLIVE Ltd. and Tanya Griffiths, director of award-winning architects and design studio, Kay Elliott, to hear about the project.
Keith Thomas, reefLIVE’s founder, is an aquarium veteran:
“I joined the embryonic SEA LIFE Centres Ltd. in the mid-eighties. David Mace, the other founder of reefLIVE, started SEA LIFE in 1979 when he built the Oban SEA LIFE Centre. We have some considerable heritage in this.”
Early career at SEA LIFE
Thomas studied for a degree in biology and marine biology at university. He then became