An aerial view of the Lagan Gateway Project with the new lock.

First new lock in years at Lagan gateway

INLAND and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) Ltd has been involved in the Lagan Gateway Project which sees the first new lock constructed in Northern Ireland for many years.

The project involved the construction of a modern 83m bridge across the River Lagan, weir construction as well as the new lock linking to the upstream navigation system.

An aerial view of the Lagan Gateway Project with the new lock.
An aerial view of the Lagan Gateway Project with the new lock.

As part of the Lagan Gateway Project, ICMS manufactured and installed its standard leisure and canoe pontoons upstream and downstream of the newly built lock on the River Lagan, replacing an unattractive and inefficient pen weir south of Belfast, which controlled water levels between Stranmillis and Newforge.

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“The Lagan Gateway has been an exciting project to work on,” says ICMS senior marina engineer, Maeve Parker. “As part of a large project, we collaborated with many different parties, including Lagan Construction Ltd and Belfast City Council.

“Now completed, there is safe access across the weir and the new pontoons are available to provide a platform for a wide range of visitors to participate in boating and watersports on the River Lagan.”

A mural has been created on the towpath pier of the bridge by Belfast artist Glen Molloy. The Irish Hare depicted here is part of a series of nature-inspired murals entitled ‘Wild Walls’ organised by UK Youth for Nature (UKY4N), highlighting the impact of climate change on the natural world.

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