Lagan Corridor Project
In our physical investment programme the Lagan Canal is defined as one of the emerging partnership projects aiming to produce plans to restore and revistalise the Lagan Canal corridor.
The river Lagan and the canal is an incredible asset, not only for the city, but for the wider region. Partners and communities are generating ideas and projects with the potential to transform all areas of Belfast and deliver the best benefits for the city and its neighbourhoods. There's a variety of Lagan Canal projects at different stages of progress.
We want to create opportunities for tourism, employment, community engagement and economic growth and have created the Back to the River study as a strategic framework for the management and development of the Lagan from Belfast Harbour to Edenderry.
The Back to the River programme needs to be considered alongside other developments. We have to plan for what’s going on along the river and the potential of river based activities.
Our vision for the area is:
- (for the inner city part of the corridor) the waterfront will become a fully integrated part of an expanded city centre
- development on the east bank from Albert Bridge to Odyssey that will create a vibrant waterfront on both sides of the river and will enhance linkage from the city centre to Titanic Quarter and to inner East Belfast
- a vibrant waterfront as further residential, leisure, hotel and restaurant uses bring more activity to the area
- enhanced linkage across the river through the provision of pedestrian bridges
- greater recreational use of the river itself especially in the area from Abercorn Basin to the Lagan Gateway as port activities move downstream
- the reopening of the Lagan for navigation upstream of the Stranmillis Weir
One of the catalyst projects identified in the Back to the River Study is the Lagan Gateway at Stranmillis.
The Lagan Gateway project proposes a number of structural improvements and development works at Stranmillis including:
- the development of a navigation lock
- an iconic foot and cycle bridge
- the refurbishment of the existing weir
- high quality landscaping with associated path connections.
The total investment is approximately £4.8 million, fifty percent of which comes from our Belfast Investment Fund. Other partners are Ulster Garden Villages (£1 million investment), Department for Communities, Department for Infrastructure, DfI Rivers and the Lagan Navigation Trust.
The development of the Lagan Gateway has the potential to deliver benefits for communities close to the corridor as well as for the whole city.
This project is also closely linked with, and will complement, a number of other key projects along the Lagan which will help reanimate and develop the wider river frontage.
Where are we now?
We’re working with partners to deliver key investment projects such as the Lagan Gateway that will promote healthy living and increase physical activity. A design team has worked on the detailed plans for the Lagan Gateway project and planning approval was secured in June 2017. We are hoping to start construction in autumn 2017.