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
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.
The new upper path is now open and all towpath users are being diverted onto this until works are complete on the towpath. Further topsoil will also be laid to finalise the regrading of the area. It is anticipated that all works to this area will be completed prior to the July holidays at which stage the area will be fully reopened. This work is however weather dependent.
Construction of the last two piers for the bridge is also underway.
The concrete works to the new lock on the Annadale side is complete. The top of the walls can be seen from the towpath and this will form the line of the new canal to let boats past the weir. The sheet piled coffer dam used to hold back the river to construct the lock will be removed week commencing 6 July 2020. This will involve using a crane to extract the piles.
Works on the new canal will begin following the completion of the lock walls.
The site will be closed for one week starting on 13 July.
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
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.
The overall project is due to be completed by spring 2021.