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Lagan Gateway project

The Lagan Gateway project includes structural improvements and development works at Stranmillis including:

  • development of a navigation lock
  • construction of an iconic foot and cycle bridge
  • refurbishment of the existing weir
  • high quality landscaping and new path connections

Lagan Gateway

The total investment in the project is approximately £4.8 million, with almost 50 percent of this coming from our Belfast Investment Fund

Other partners are Ulster Garden Villages, Department for Communities, Department for Infrastructure Rivers and the Lagan Navigation Trust. 

Current phase of works

Work continues on site with additional hygiene and social distancing measures in place to keep workers and the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic in line with industry health and safety guidance. 

On the Stranmillis side of the river, work to support the bridge structure has been completed. This section of the site will now be landscaped to its final levels and new pathways will be constructed.  

The footpath link from Sharman Road to the towpath will be temporarily closed and the diversion used previously will be reintroduced. This will allow work to take place including the installation of drainage, NIE cables, top-soiling and planting. Once this is complete the path will be reopened. 

On the Annadale side of the river, the base of the new boat lock is complete and wall construction has begun. Four concrete pours have recently taken place and four additional pours will take place by mid June. The contactor will be starting at 7am on those mornings to give sufficient time to finish the work which will run into the evening. There will be no excess noise from these operations. As these works are dependent on a number of factors including weather conditions, precise dates have not yet been confirmed. Weather permitting the next concrete pour will be done on Monday 1 June.

Construction of the last two piers for the bridge is underway, with mini piling for the foundations planned at the end of May. 

Works on the new canal will begin following the completion of the lock walls in early June. Further details will be given closer to the time.

Construction updates for residents

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the contractor’s office is closed. They are unable to publish and deliver the newsletter for local residents. The newsletter will resume when the office reopens. Until then, construction updates will be published on this web page.

If you have any queries, comments or complaints about this work, contact the Charles Brand customer care line, telephone 028 9039 4395. To complain about noise levels, contact our Environmental Health noise team

Wider context

The Lagan Gateway project is one of the catalyst projects identified within the wider Lagan Corridor area, which aims to create opportunities for tourism, employment, community engagement and economic growth along the river.

Timescales

The overall project is due to be completed by spring 2021.