Works continue on construction of the Greenway with paths forming, flood alleviation works and some partial road closures

Our contractor continues to make great progress along the Connswater Community Greenway, with Flood Alleviation works rapidly advancing as flood walls are installed in multiple work sites.

In the Avoniel / Bloomfield area piling works have been completed, piles have been broken out and steel fixing has taken place to allow concreting works to start on the reinforced concrete flood walls. A Redi-Rock wall is also taking shape on the Avoniel Park side of the Connswater River, adding to the areas flood defences.

(Image 1: Construction of the Connswater Community Greenway continues at Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park area)(Image 2: Construction work starts outside the Holywood Arches Library, Belfast)

(Image 3: Works continue on the flood wall near the Holywood Arches Health Centre along from the Newtownards Road to Mersey Street (known to locals as the Black Path))

In the Connswater Retail Park  our contractor, has removed the river’s existing weir and have begun temporary works creating platforms and trench boxes ready for piling works. (Image 1)

At the new C.S. Lewis Square paving works on the event space continue, with works ongoing on the smaller paving slabs while works on the larger slabs and steps are now complete.

The contractor has also begun works outside the Holywood Arches Library (Image 2, above) with site clearance, ground works well underway and works on kerbing and paving expected to begin next week.

The flood wall running between Severn Street and Mersey Street nears completion with concreting works making steady progress. On the opposite side of river Farrans have begun clearing an access route to begin works on the areas second flood wall.

*** Special Road Works Announcement ***

Our contractor is currently working on the Montgomery Road and have a one way road closure in place at the junction leading onto the Cregagh Road. The Closure will be in place Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4pm for approx. 3 more weeks. Diversionary routes are currently in place. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please also don't forget that the Cregagh Glen is completely closed until the end of March to facilitate our works here. Read on. 

Elsewhere along the Connswater Community Greenway route, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (DARD) Rivers Agency are working in partnership with us to deliver elements of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme (EBFAS) which will help reduce flooding to 1,700 properties in East Belfast.

A large proportion of the works comprising the Rivers Agency Standalone Flood Alleviation Scheme have been completed. Flood alleviation works are presently concentrated on the Knock River at Sandhill/Clara areas.

The construction of the flood defences upstream of Clara Park are also ongoing and are progressing well. Please be advised that Rivers Agency's contractor plan to reinstate the closure of Sandhill Parade to through traffic to enable flood defence works to continue downstream of the new culvert at Clara Park. Access and parking will be maintained at all times to local residents. Vehicle access to/from Sandhill Park and Clara Park will be via a temporary diversion along Neills Hill Park. Pedestrian access will remain on Sandhill Parade. Bus services will remain on the normal route via Clara Park. Sandhill Parade will therefore be closed to through traffic from Monday 8th February to March 2016. We hope this does not cause any major disruption and if you have any queries please contact Fox Contracts at or telephone 028 8076 1944. Sheet-piling works necessary for the construction of floodwalls on the Knock River downstream of Clara Park are scheduled to commence on Monday 15th February 2016. 

If you have any questions, queries or comments about works on the Connswater Community Greenway please call Farrans 24hr Customer Care Line on 0800 083 8160. As work is progresses on elements of the East Belfast Flood Alleviation Scheme Rivers Agency is also engaging with affected communities and public representatives.f you have any enquiries regarding the Rivers Agency’s work please contact Alex Bailie on 028 9025 3355.