CCG Wins UK Waterways Award

CCG Wins UK Waterways Award

The Connswater Community Greenway was crowned winner of the Partnership award and runner up in the ‘Strategy and Master planning’ category  at the 2009 Waterways Renaissance Awards, a UK wide event run by The Waterways Trust and BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association). The Awards recognise best practice in sustainable waterway regeneration and development and celebrate excellence in design, innovation, partnership, strategy, community involvement and recreation.

Collecting the Awards at the ceremony in Liverpool, Project Manager Wendy Langham said, “I’m delighted to be bringing these Awards back to East Belfast.  The Connswater Community Greenway will restore the local rivers as living community assets.  A lot of hard work has already been done by the East Belfast Partnership, the local people and our concept design consultants, the Paul Hogarth Company and these awards are a wonderful reflection of the visionary talent which exists in Belfast and in Northern Ireland.  On behalf of all our partners, thank you for this recognition.” 

Once complete, the Connswater Community Greenway will provide 19km of cycle and walkways, create a civic square and reconnect communities via new and refurbished bridges. It will provide immediate benefit to the 35,000 people living in the wards adjacent to the Loop, Knock and Connswater rivers and it will be a valuable amenity for local people, providing opportunities for improving health and well being. 

The Connswater Community Greenway will be complete in 2013 and has been made possible thanks to funding from Big Lottery Fund, the Department of Social Development and Belfast City Council.