Construction continues with work beginning on our C.S. Lewis Civic Square...

Work continues on the construction of the Connswater Community Greenway with focus on new sections this week...

Construction works have now commenced at the Holywood Arches (D3) section of the CCG. This will focus on the creation of the Holywood Arches which will lead to our C.S. Lewis Civic Square. This is where the Connswater Community Greenway meets the Comber Greenway. It is hoped that this area will develop into the urban heart of east Belfast, providing a space for residents and visitors to use for events and activities.

This area will connect people to the Arches Health Centre and Holywood Arches Library, as well as become a focal point in east Belfast. This high quality public realm space including interpretative signage and street furniture will be capable of hosting outdoor performances, markets and local celebrations ensuring the Civic Square is a well used space. Public art will feature in the square and will be influenced by the C.S Lewis theme of the square. ‘The Searcher’ statue outside the library will be complemented by this public art and by the naming of the square - C.S. Lewis Square.

In order to carry out the works our contractor, Farrans Construction will be closing footpaths and walkways in this area. The closures will be taking place throughout June 2015 with short pedestrian diversions in place and are due to last for the duration of works here with pathways re-opening in late 2016. There will be pedestrian diversions put in place at this time and will be mapped in this area. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this but it is essential to ensure health and safety for pedestrians. 

(Construction began this week on construction of our C.S. Lewis Civic Square and the Holywood Arches.)

Work has also now begun at Orby Road (B9) with ducting for street lighting being installed. At Dixon Park Farrans continue to make good progress with earthworks and drainage.

Elsewhere, construction works continue at the Sydenham Bypass – Mersey Street (D5) as Farrans begin building a platform for their piling rig.

Work continues in section C7: Orangefield Park – Knock Dual Carriageway as Farrans have begun works in private properties replacing current fencing with new palisade fences.

Rivers Agency East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme (EBFAS) Update

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (DARD) Rivers Agency are working in partnership with us (Connswater Community Greenway) to deliver elements of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme (EBFAS) which will help reduce flooding to 1,700 properties in East Belfast. The Rivers Agency Standalone works are now complete at Montgomery Road, Grand Parade and Orby Link.

The works now focus on the Castlereagh Road. To help ensure the safety of road users and contractors, and to facilitate the installation of the new culvert, the existing bus lane and cycle lane has been temporarily closed in the immediate area for the duration of the works here.

As part of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme Rivers Agency’s contractor is proposing to install pre-cast culvert units across half the width of the Castlereagh Road near the junction with Orby Link. This work will necessitate the closure of one traffic lane during the period from Friday 12th June 2015 at 19.00 hrs until Monday 15th June 2015 at 06.00 hrs. The remaining traffic lane will operate under traffic signals. 

Get in touch...

Don't forget the Connswater Community Greenway contractor, Farrans Construction, is also operating a 24/7 freephone customer care line should you have any queries or comments about the Connswater Community Greenway works, please call 0800 0838 160.

As work is progresses on elements of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme Rivers Agency is also engaging with affected communities and public representatives.  If you have any enquiries regarding the Rivers Agency’s work please contact Alex Bailie on 028 9025 3355.