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Celebrating Woman in Construction

Rajveer Bains, Procurement Assistant, for VSBW is currently working on Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

Rajveer Bains, from Ramsgate, is a Procurement Assistant currently working on DWDR on behalf of VSBW. After an initial career in retail and office administration, Rajveer began her transition into the Construction and Engineering Industry in 2015 for Purogenix, at their first UK production plant during a major refurbishment project. Raji was thrown in the deep end, joining the company during their construction, installation and commissioning works phase. Raji embraced a multi-faceted role, excelling in procurement through sourcing best value from suppliers for specialist engineering equipment, consumables and managing subcontractors which helped see the plant into its successful early production phase.

Two years later Raji took her career to the next level when she was introduced by Pettit Recruitment Solutions to esteemed international civil engineering contractor VolkerStevin. Raji was offered her current position as a Procurement Assistant in October 2017 and works as part of the team for Port of Dover’s flagship DWDR development.

Assisting the Project Buyer with day-to-day procurement requirements to keep the site running, Raji has more recently gained experience in tendering for major construction materials and specialist subcontract trades overseeing the procurement process from tender stage through to contract placement.

Ron Eckersley, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for VSBW, added: “VSBW are delighted to be supporting woman in construction and this a reflection of our commitment to advancing gender equality and equipping all employees to reach their full potential.”

Notes to editors

  1. Port of Dover

The 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:

  • 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;
  • 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; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.

DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover with c. £250m committed for its delivery.

DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design Award – 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. 

  1. VSBW

VSBW is a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster to deliver the marine structures and bridge contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

With a contract value of £115m, this construction stage will include the design and build of two new berths including quay walls and land reclamation, a new marina pier, the marina curve, navigation channel and new lock gates, Bascule Bridge and capital dredging work.