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). A new navigation lock has also been completed and new lock gates 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.
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.
Murals have been created on the piers of the bridge by Belfast artist Glen Molloy. They feature 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 overall project was completed in 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. The bridges 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
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 this year. We will share updates on this page and our social media channels - @belfastcc on Twitter and @belfastcitycouncil on Facebook – when voting opens.