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7th March 2017 - Press Release

Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) creating lasting legacy for local jobs



Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development pledge to create lasting skills and quality employment opportunities for local people has begun.

The Port of Dover and its Principal Contractor, VolkerStevin Boskalis Westminster (VSBW), will be sponsoring and in attendance at the upcoming Dover Jobs Fair, organised by MP Charlie Elphicke, at Dover Town Hall on Friday 17th March between 10am – 3pm.

Local job seekers will be able to discuss the range of vacancies that are available now and throughout the next two years of construction, ensuring the local community benefit from the job opportunities DWDR will create.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, said: “The Port is committed to playing its part in delivering the vision for the Dover Western Docks Revival, as the town continues to see an unprecedented level of investment.

“The team behind the delivery of DWDR are keen to work with the local supply chain to ensure a lasting legacy for the community.”

Local suppliers and sub-contractors will also have the opportunity to find out how they can be involved through the local supply chain at the DWDR Meet the Buyer event at the Cruise Terminal 1 on the 4th April between 3pm – 8pm.

Stuart Eckersley, VSBW Project Director, said: “As the principal contractor for Dover Western Docks Revival, VSBW are committed to attracting and developing a talented local workforce, leaving a long-term legacy and contributing to the future prosperity of Dover.”

Local businesses and contractors will be able to talk to the engineers and procurement staff in order to get an idea as to the range of services required to help deliver the regeneration of Dover.

With DWDR integral to securing existing and creating employment for future generations to come, Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke said: “It was great to see the work at the Western Docks. This is an important project in securing a better future for Dover and Deal. 

“Our area is now getting more of the investment it deserves - with shops, restaurants and new homes on the way. 

“Burlington House is down and building in Dover town centre is progressing apace.

“We’re starting to show what can be achieved when we roll up our sleeves and work together. Let’s keep it up and help make Destination Dover and Deal a reality.”

ENDS

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:

  • 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 with c.£250m committed to deliver the first phase.

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.

For the latest DWDR animations, illustrations and project plans visit www.doverport.co.uk/DWDR.

2. 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.

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MP Charlie Elphicke visited the Port of Dover on Friday 3rd March, 2017 to meet DWDR’s Principal Contractors.

  • Image (left to right) – Stuart Eckersley, VSBW Project Director; Tim Waggott, Chief Executive of the Port of Dover; and Dover and Deal MP, Charlie Elphicke

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