Construction continues with emergence of our event space and developments across most of east Belfast

Progress on the Phase 2 construction of the Connswater Community Greenway/ East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme works continue with lots of developments popping up across most of east Belfast. 

At Holywood Arches on the site of what will become the new C.S. Lewis Square our contractor Farrans Construction has now poured the first concrete - in what will become the ‘event space’. This high quality public realm space will include interpretative signage, street furniture and will be capable of hosting outdoor performances, markers and local celebrations. Earlier this year,  we revealed that Artist Maurice Harron will create the C.S. Lewis themed artwork for the Square. It is hoped this beautiful artwork will be set in place next year!

C.S. Lewis Civic Square
New pathway at Dixon ParkNew Pathway
(Top; C.S. Lewis Civic Square taking shape. Below left; New pathway at Dixon Park. Below Right; Streetscaping complete on Orby Road)

Further upstream works have begun on the Flora Street Walkway, with the construction of a haul road at the back of Bloomfield Industrial Estate, and the beginnings of works at Bloomfield Parade and Avonor Drive.

Great progress is being made between Elmgrove and Grand Parade, with a continuation of new path works, bridge abutments and retaining walls.  This area also includes the restoration of the Hollow - where the Connswater meets the two tributaries, the Knock and the Loop Rivers. Concealed at this point stands a 400 year old bridge known as the Conn O’Neill Bridge. Van Morrison played here as a boy and it inspired his lyrics to ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. 

 At the higher sections towards the Laburnum Playing Fields, further path laying, fencing and construction of the gabion retaining structure continues.

Within the streetscape elements, works are progressing well along Orby Road . Kerbing and surfacing is also underway on footpaths along the Cregagh Road with traffic management in place for the safety of users.

Rivers Agency also continues to work on elements of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme. The Castlereagh Road culvert works are now complete, meaning that traffic management is no longer in place at the area. Rivers Agency has also commenced the flood alleviation works along the Knock River in the Sandhill/Clara Park areas. Work has commenced on the installation of the sheet pile flood walls at Clara Road and on the construction of a temporary road bridge across the Knock River between Clara Way and Sandhill Parade in preparation for closure of Clara Road in order to allow replacement of the undersized Clara Road culvert.

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 progressing 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.