Dover Western Docks Revival project achieves sustainability excellence award

The Port of Dover secured a top sustainability award from CEEQUAL for the port’s flagship development of the Western Docks and the town’s waterfront, the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) project.

The Port’s DWDR project team was presented with its ‘Excellent’ CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award at this year’s annual Port of Dover Safety Day on the 13th July. The Port joins the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as another high profile project to achieve a top CEEQUAL Award.

Matt Gale, Port of Dover Environment Advisor, receives the CEEQUAL Award certificate from Chris Broadbent, CEEQUAL Managing Director

CEEQUAL is the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.

The £250m DWDR project – the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover –achieved a score of 88.6% in the assessment of the master planning and design stages.

The project’s success has come from a strong commitment to embed sustainability in the management processes from the initial planning of the project. Sections in the CEEQUAL assessment where the project scored particularly highly, include:

  • Project Management: 97%
  • Ecology and Biodiversity: 97%
  • Physical resources use and management: 97%
  • Water Environment: 92%
  • People and Communities: 95%

The CEEQUAL assessment will now continue through construction to the Final Award Stage in two parts: Marine Civil Works and Land Based Infrastructure.

The details of the development were developed in close consultation with the local and business communities. This partnership continues throughout the design and delivery of the project as the port seeks to fulfil its sustainability objectives.

Matt Gale, Environmental Advisor and DWDR CEEQUAL sponsor at the Port of Dover, commented on the project:

“Sustainability is at the core of the design, planning and delivery of the Dover Western Docks Revival and this award is a fantastic endorsement of that approach. To secure similar recognition as the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics Games – the greenest games ever – is hugely positive.”

The award certificates were presented by CEEQUAL Managing Director, Chris Broadbent, at the Port of Dover’s Cruise Terminal 1. Commenting on the project team’s exceptional performance, he said:

“This is an excellent achievement by the whole team; it really demonstrates the commitment there is to sustainable development at the port in Dover. I fully expect the project to continue to demonstrate this same commitment throughout the construction works and look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive at the Port of Dover, said:

“DWDR is a game-changer for the port’s operations and it’s great that the project team’s efforts to embed sustainability throughout the scheme have been recognised in an independent CEEQUAL Award.

“For a project of this scale, it’s vital that we work closely with the town to help shape, deliver and eventually work and enjoy this asset. As we progress our plans, we will maintain that same level of diligence in seeking to minimise potential impacts of our work, and maximise the benefits for our town, our heritage and the environment.”

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About DWDR

Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area.  With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:

  • A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover’s unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle;
  • Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
  • Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.

DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover.  It is a c.£250m development with £180m already committed to deliver the first phase.


CEEQUAL is the assessment and awards scheme for improving sustainability in civil engineering and public realm projects. It celebrates the achievement of high environmental and social performance and demonstrates the commitment of the civil engineering industry to sustainable development.

The scheme rigorously assesses performance across nine areas of environmental and social concern, rewarding projects on which clients, designers and constructors go beyond the legal minima to achieve distinctive sustainability standards in their work.

Since the Scheme’s launch in 2003, more than 260 Final Awards and 100 Interim Client and Design Awards have been achieved. There are over 250 further projects and contracts currently being assessed. The accumulative civil engineering value of work that has been or is currently being assessed exceeds £30 billion. With the longest track record of verified sustainability assessments of civil engineering worldwide in the industry, CEEQUAL has led the way in driving improvements in sustainability through the adoption of best practice. CEEQUAL takes a very broad view of ‘civil engineering’ in including all infrastructure, landscaping and works in the public realm.

CEEQUAL became part of the BRE Group in November 2015 and is now operated alongside BREEAM, bringing together the world’s leading sustainability assessment methods for buildings, infrastructure, and master planning.