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Connswater Community Greenway

Working with the CCG trust to deliver bridges, cycle and walkways, green spaces and heritage trails.

Project Description

The Connswater Community Greenway will provide an inspirational living landmark in East Belfast, creating a green corridor alongside the Connswater, Knock and Loop rivers, from the Castlereagh Hills to Belfast Lough, providing a network of open spaces and a continuous, uninterrupted pathway. Once complete it will be possible for residents and visitors to walk, run or cycle between the hills and Lough.

The greenway and associated East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme (EBFAS) will provide;

  • new bridges;
  • cycle and walkways;
  • improved and connected green and open spaces;
  • a public square;
  • heritage trails;
  • 9km linear park through East Belfast;
  • Increased river capacity, attenuation and flood protection.

The Greenway will connect people and places along the way, whilst regenerating and revitalising the area, making East Belfast a better place for people to live, work, visit and invest. Along its route the Greenway has several key points of significance;

  • Holywood Arches – commercial node and urban centre of East Belfast;
  • Elmgrove – the historic confluence of Knock & Loop rivers;
  • Cregagh Glen – steep sided ravine, part of the Lisnabreeny Estate.

The CCG works focus upon the provision of paths and cycle ways along the route of the three rivers, and the incorporation of water features and planting which will serve to protect and enhance existing ecological habitats, and encourage the development and sustainability of further habitats and travel corridors. The Greenway extends to works in both streetscape and urban centres, with the resurfacing of major arterial routes and creation of a public square. Heritage and educational features will be provided along the route, as will play areas and other public amenities.

The EBFAS works focus on the protection of areas currently subject to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall events. River capacity will be increased through the enlargement of channel section and the provision of larger capacity culverts. Where required physical flood defence measures such as sheet piles will be used to contain the rivers during spate events.

Project Status

  • Phase 1 of the CCG/ EBFAS works was completed in the Summer of 2014, the phase 1 works were concentrated on Victoria Park and Orangefield Parks
  • Phase 2 of CCG/ EBFAS which is for delivery of the remainder of the scheme started on site in January 2015 and is due for completion in the Autumn of 2016
  • Social clauses including apprentice and graduate opportunities and employment opportunities for long-term unemployed are currently being delivered
  • An artist has been appointed to deliver artwork as part of the C S Lewis civic square

SIB Involvement

SIB has been involved with the project since its inception and a Strategic Adviser is chairman of the CCG Trust.  A Project Manager supports Belfast City Council in the capital works delivery, and the long term oversight via the Connswater Community Greenway Trust.

New Bridge on Connswater Greenway