On 26 March 2015, McLaughlin & Harvey hosted 150 invited guests of client Larne Borough Council to walk the iconic Gobbins coastal path and bridges.
The scheme consists of 27 individual structures and footbridges spanning between rock outcrops at the foot of 60m high cliffs along the Antrim coast. Works included the installation of approximately 1km of new coastal path, new hand railings, and new bridge structures including the replication of the famous tubular hoop bridge.
The original Coastal Path, which was linked by a series of spectacular metal bridges, was designed in 1902 as a commercial venture to attract passengers to use the rail link between Belfast and Whitehead. The path was closed to the public in 1954, and fell into a state of disrepair, with many of the original metalwork structures and rails damaged or collapsed because of rust and the action of the sea.
The new path and bridges are due for completion in April 2015, and when opened the Gobbins Walk will provide a breathtaking tourist attraction.