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 £5 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, the Department for Infrastructure and the Lagan Navigation Trust.
Work on the new foot and cycle bridge is now complete and the bridge has opened to the public.
On the Annadale side of the river, a new path from the bridge to Annadale Embankment has been added, with its entrance at Lagan Lands East (opposite Annadale Allotments).
On the Stranmillis side of the river, a new path from Belfast Boat Club to the bridge has been completed. This upper path also connects to the existing path link to Sharman Road.
The main construction activities on the Stranmillis side of the river are complete. The existing timber fence has been will be extended along the boundaries of adjacent residential properties. Hedgerows and climbers have been also be planted to create a ‘living wall’.
A mural has been created on the pier of the bridge at the towpath by Belfast artist Glen Molloy. It features threatened species in and around the city, including the hedgehog, lapwing, oystercatcher, and the Irish hare.
It is part of ‘Wild Walls’, a series of nature-inspired murals across the UK, highlighting the impact of climate change on the natural world, organised by UK Youth for Nature (UKY4N).
The other piers will be treated later in autumn 2021 to complete the series.
On the Annadale side, the new navigation lock has been completed and new lock gates are now installed.
The area around the lock, the steps and the rest of the site will remain closed to the public until the completion of all works in the area. These works consist of landscaping of the new mounds and amenity areas on the upper part of the site on Lagan Lands East
The overall project is due to be completed by autumn 2021.
This video (1 minute 25 seconds) captures a 39 metre long section of the new foot and cycle bridge being installed as part of the Lagan Gateway project. When it opens in autumn 2021, the bridge will connect Lagan Towpath at Stranmillis to Annadale Embankment.
This Flickr gallery shows an illustration of the Lagan Gateway masterplan and an artist's impression of the completed project.
Public asked to name the bridge
Earlier in 2021, we asked the public for suggestions to name the new bridge and had an overwhelming response.
Councillors are now being consulted on the next steps, before a public vote on a final shortlist of names takes place later in 2021. We will share updates on this page and our social media channels - @belfastcc on Twitter and @belfastcitycouncil on Facebook – when voting opens.