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Encyclopedia > Lagan Weir
Lagan Weir during a falling tide
Lagan Weir during a falling tide
Lagan Weir in Belfast; other landmarks pictured are the Belfast Customs House, the M2 motorway bridge and, reflected in the Royal Mail building, the Samson and Goliath cranes of Harland & Wolff
Lagan Weir in Belfast; other landmarks pictured are the Belfast Customs House, the M2 motorway bridge and, reflected in the Royal Mail building, the Samson and Goliath cranes of Harland & Wolff

The Lagan Weir, completed in 1994, at a cost of £14m, is located across the Lagan between the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and the M3 bridge (completed around the same time). The Lagan Weir was jointly funded by the Corporation and the European Commission it was constructed by Charles Brand Ltd and designed by Ferguson and McIlveen. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (951x718, 103 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (951x718, 103 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x372, 51 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x372, 51 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The M2 motorway in Northern Ireland runs a total of 23 miles, forming two sections of the route from Belfast to Ballymena, bypassing Antrim on the way. ... Royal Mails logo Royal Mail is the national postal service of the United Kingdom. ... Samson and Goliath Samson and Goliath are twin shipbuilding gantry cranes situated at Queens Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries began as a shipyard located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... The River Lagan is a major river in Northern Ireland which runs 40 miles (60 km) from the Slieve Croob mountain in County Down to Belfast where it enters Belfast Lough, an inlet of the Irish Sea. ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive body of the European Union. ...


The weir is a series of massive steel barriers which are raised as low tide approaches to keep the river at an artificially constant level. This improvement to the sewerage system combined with massive dredging of the river by mechanical excavators, and installation of an underwater aeration system, has lead to a marked improvement in water quality and the environment around the river. The bridge and weir mechanism at Sturminster Newton on the River Stour, Dorset. ...


The objective of the structure is to keep the level of the river artificially constant, as it is a tidal river the level of the water varied up to three metres between high and low tide. This exposed mudflats which were unsightly and emitted a strong odour, particularly in the summer months. The transformation of the riverside by the construction of the weir has been a catalyst for development along the riverside. Another part of the project is the “Lagan Lookout” centre which explains the history and function of the weir as well as the history of the Lagan itself. Mudflats are relatively flat, muddy regions found in intertidal areas. ...


External links

  • Laganside Official Website
  • Photographs of the area

 
 

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