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Lagan Gateway

  • Lagan Gateway

    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 status

    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 area is fully open for use by the public and will be planted out later in the season.

    On the Annadale side, the concrete works to the new lock are complete. The top of the lock’s walls can be seen from the towpath and this will form the line of the new canal which will let boats past the weir.

    The replacement of the existing Stranmillis Weir gates, which is being carried out on behalf of Department for Infrastructure, is underway. This will see the working parts of the weir refurbished, including the gates, motors and walkway.

    The timing of this work will depend on river flows which are influenced by the weather and tide levels. During the replacement of the three existing weir gates, the coffer dam will need to be moved. While we have worked very closely with DfI Rivers to minimise the need for out of hours work, due to tide times some early morning and evening work is unavoidable. We apologise for any disturbance this may cause.

  • 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, call 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.

  • Gallery

    This Flickr gallery shows an illustration of the Lagan Gateway masterplan and an artist's impression of the completed project.

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