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Physical investment

Lagan Gateway

  • Introduction

    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. 

  • 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. 

    Work is underway to install the new foot and cycle bridge connecting Lagan Towpath to Annadale Embankment, with the largest 35 tonne, 39 metre section now in place. This is a key milestone for the project which will see the bridge open to the public later in the summer.

    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.

    Landscaping on the Stranmillis side has started and trees are currently being planted in this area.

    On the Annadale side, the new canal upstream of the lock has been formed and sheet piling for the lock has been completed. The lock has been finished with an exposed concrete slab. New lock gates, which were manufactured off site, are now being installed.

    The refurbishment of the existing Stranmillis Weir, carried out on behalf of the Department for Infrastructure, is complete.

  • Construction updates for residents

    The main construction activities on the Stranmillis side of the river are complete. The existing timber fence will be extended along the boundaries of adjacent residential properties. Hedgerows and climbers will also be planted to create a ‘living wall’.

    Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the contractor’s office is closed and they are unable to publish and deliver their regular newsletter with construction updates for local residents. Until the office reopens, 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 summer 2021.

  • Watch

    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 summer 2021, the bridge will connect Lagan Towpath at Stranmillis to Annadale Embankment.

  • Gallery

    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’re asking the public to help choose a name for the new Lagan Gateway bridge. We asked people to submit ideas up to 30 May 2021 on the Your Say Belfast website (link opens in new window). These suggestions are now being considered by a panel and a shortlist will be selected.

    A public vote on the shortlist will take place on Your Say Belfast to pick the final name.

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