The new Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, Belfast was officially opened by the Northern Ireland Minister for Social Development Mervyn Storey on 30 June. It connects Donegal Quay with Queen’s Quay, replacing an old footbridge and represents a £5m (€7m) investment in the city from the Department for Social Development.
With 16,000 people crossing the old footbridge each week, it is anticipated that the new bridge will be well utilised, offering access for the first time to both pedestrians and cyclists. The new footbridge consists of structural steel, enveloped in aluminium cladding, with a glass parapet on the east elevation and a stainless steel post and wire system on the west parapet. The weir lighting is also improved with the existing lights being replaced with new energy efficient lighting.
This marks the first stage of the Queen’s Quay Masterplan first published in mid-December 2011. The creation of this new bridge will improve the links between the city centre and Queen’s Quay as well as the Titanic Quarter. The new bridge which is approximately eight metres across at its widest point, was constructed by John Graham Construction Ltd with URS as consultants.