Dover Western Docks Revival (Interim)

CEEQUAL Excellent (88.6%) – Interim Client & Design Award
Version 5, May 2016 | Dover, England, UK

Client: Dover Harbour Board
Designer: Dover Developments Ltd

Assessor: Matt Gale (Port of Dover)
Verifier: Mark Barrett (RPS Group)

Project Summary

The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway handling up to £119bn of trade or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods. The Port of Dover is now set for major expansion with the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) representing the Port’s single biggest investment ever undertaken.

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 retail and leisure opportunities 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.


Challenges and achievements

Project management

The Port of Dover was the first UK port to undertake a comprehensive 30-year master planning exercise which looked at the impacts of long term traffic forecasts across all sectors of port operations, accessing the current capacity and the drivers of future demands.

Through the CEEQUAL process, DWDR will achieve improved sustainability and performance during specification, design and construction by considering impacts in areas including:

  • Historic Environment
  • Transportation Efficiency
  • Project Management
  • Water Environment
  • Physical Resources
  • Other areas of ecological and social sustainability

Historic environment

The project’s impacts on the historic environment are very important so the Port has carefully assessed these through a number of studies and surveys, including work carried out by leading archaeological consultants.

In close co-operation with the heritage regulators, a range of mitigation measures have been identified in order to ensure the preservation of key structures:

  • Dock walls of the Wellington Dock and the South Pier
  • Customs Watch House
  • Clock Tower
  • Prince of Wales Pier Lighthouse

Community and stakeholder engagement

In recognising the range of challenges and opportunities associated with a project of such scale and significance, the Port has consulted extensively on its proposals from the outset.

The team considered it essential that their rationale was explained and understood as widely as possible and that the opportunity would exist throughout for stakeholders to input into the design principles. This has been carried out through a variety of means including major public consultation exercises, topic groups, the Port and Community Forum, Port Users Group, Dover Business Forum and numerous one-to-one meetings and presentations.

A number of Working Groups were held at an early stage of development to explore key issues with statutory and regulatory bodies who were responsible for advising the Secretary of State on the proposals. Whilst providing the opportunity to discuss the proposed scheme and introduce the Harbour Revision Order and Environmental Statement preparation process, the particular aim of each group was to enable the Port to identify and resolve specific areas of concern, in a timely manner, prior to finalisation of the proposals and commencement of the formal approval stage.

At the end of 2014 the Port of Dover met with Kent County Council (KCC), Dover District Council (DDC) Conservation Committee and English Heritage to discuss heritage matters and to conclude the formation of a Heritage Steering Group (HSG). The HSG acts as a monitoring and review group, supporting delivery of the Archaeological Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI). It also oversees publishing of reports and archive preparation.

A key benefit of the scheme is the creation of quality job opportunities for local people as part of the Port’s aim to support the local economy through the creation of a skilled and sustainable local workforce. The Port signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with East Kent College in December 2014 in order to work together and ensure that local skills and further education provision matches the needs of the Port going forward.

How did CEEQUAL influence your project?

The CEEQUAL assessment provided a management tool for the project team to conduct an overall review on the sustainability of the project. Throughout the process, the project team identified areas of improvement for incorporation into future project elements to enhance sustainability performance.

CEEQUAL is most beneficial when implemented from conception to completion and all project elements are fully engaged in the process. The benefits include enhanced record keeping and ensuring environmental issues remain a key element of the delivery. The Port has employed a full-time environmental advisor to drive the CEEQUAL Assessment initiative, recognising that time and dedication is necessary for the project to be a success.

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