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Lagan Gateway, Belfast

Lagan Gateway, Belfast

The Lagan Gateway project involved structural improvements and development works at Stranmillis in South Belfast.

Works included the design and construction of a new navigation lock structure in the River Lagan, the construction of a new 75m long canal from sheet piles to accommodate the new lock structure and the design and construction of an iconic foot and cycle bridge spanning the new lock and the River Lagan to join the Lagan Valley Regional Park to the Lagan Towpath.


Belfast City Council




18 months

The Lagan Gateway project includes structural improvements and development works at Stranmillis including:

  • Construction of a new navigation lock adjacent to the River Lagan
  • Construction of a 3span 70m long iconic foot and cycle bridge from Stranmillis to Annadale
  • Structural improvements and refurbishment of the existing designated weir structure including the installation of downstream scour protection
  • High specification landscaping and public realm
  • Redevelopment of towpath connections to accommodate walking and cycling
  • Installation of floating pontoons

Lock 1 Lagan Gateway project forms a key element in the long- term regeneration of the Lagan Navigation. It is the first step towards opening the navigation from Belfast to Lisburn, and eventually all the way to Lough Neagh. The Scheme will revitalise the River Lagan and provide a long-term legacy for generations to come.

Better ideas for a brighter future.

“Walking and cycling are more popular than ever, so the opening of this bridge is very timely. This beautiful part of Belfast is already extremely popular, so it is hoped that the new bridge will help to significantly reduce congestion on the Lagan Towpath by opening up the other side of the river. As well as improving connections between communities in south Belfast, we believe that the bridge and wider improvements to the area will help attract people from further afield and boost the local economy in the longer term.”

- Councillor Kate Nicholl, Lord Mayor of Belfast

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James Nicholl

James Nicholl

Pre Construction Manager
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James Nicholl

Pre Construction Manager

James leads all pre-construction activity including Business Development, Supply Chain Engagement, Preparation of PQQs, Tenders and Managing Multi-Disciplinary Teams.  A graduate of the Queens University of Belfast, James is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, specialising in infrastructure and marine engineering.