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DWDR Commencement of Construction

The first stage of construction is now underway with the appointment of VSBW, 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.

Following key enabling works, this major stage of the construction programme has now begun and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.

As the result of these works there will be some changes to the seafront area to establish the construction zone from 7th February 2017. This will affect both the Esplanade, Union Street, the waterfront and harbour and require the closure of the Esplanade at Cambridge Terrace in order to facilitate the commencement of work on the navigation channel required to connect the Wellington Dock to the new marina.

Vehicle access from Union Street to the Esplanade/Marine Parade will not be available in either direction throughout the duration of this construction phase due to the extent of the construction zone and the location of the site entrance south of the Marina Swingbridge. Union Street car park will, however, remain open and available to berth holders, marina users and car park permit holders. Public parking at Union Street car park will be suspended during this period.

Pedestrian and SUSTRANS Cycle Route 2 access will be maintained at all times.

Access to seafront businesses and amenities will remain available throughout the construction period with clear diversion signs located on the A20.

From Spring 2017 dredgers will be operational within the harbour prior to the commencement of piling necessary for the construction of the new cargo berths and marina. Regular updates of all construction activity phases will be communicated to all stakeholders.

We greatly value our relationship with the local community and ever mindful of the potential impacts caused by large infrastructure projects such as the DWDR development.  We will endeavour to do everything in our power to mitigate at all stages of construction.

The revival of the western part of the Port estate supports the developing destination agenda for Dover, being identified as the key catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area. It will deliver valuable employment opportunities both during construction and on completion of the new facilities.

The location of the marketing suite has now moved to the DWDR Project Office at De Bradelei Wharf. We will reopen to the public towards the end of February but will happily arrange private appointments prior to that time.

We appreciate your continued patience and support during this exciting waterfront regeneration.

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