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24th November 2017 - Press Release

Dover Western Docks Revival and local children celebrate Dover's iconic past to build skills for the future

The Port of Dover and VSBW, the principal contractor for its flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development, have once again teamed up with Dover smART to engage with local youngsters about the value of civil engineering and construction through the Goodsite Honor's Big Build competition.

The national competition is a Considerate Contractors initiative which challenges children to be innovative, solve problems and think creatively about the environment that surrounds them from houses to national landmarks.

Dover smART Project, a local charity supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people through community art projects, helped coordinate the two-day build. Local children, ages seven to eleven years, from Lydden and Green Park Primary Schools, and White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts were inspired to build a replica of the iconic Dover Castle using recycled materials.

Dawn Maddison, Dover smART, said: “Dover smART Project is thrilled to be able to work with VSBW and the Port of Dover in bringing local primary schools together to educate youngsters on Dover’s history, engineering, art and the value of working collaboratively as a team.”

Collecting waste cardboard and other items, such as plastic bottles, started several weeks ago after enlisting the help of the local supermarkets. To aid the construction, staff from the Port of Dover and VSBW worked with Dover smART to hold a pre-build day at Green Park School to enable the youngsters to plan how the big build would be undertaken.

Rachel Bagshaw, Year 6 Teacher at White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts, said: “Our children had a fantastic time and really enjoyed getting involved in some big building.

“They were really impressed at what they had helped to create and also enjoyed working with children from other local primary schools, in some cases catching up with friends they had not seen for some time.”

Ron Eckersley, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for VSBW, said: “The Big Build competition is an ideal opportunity for VSBW to educate children on building site safety, encourage them to think about a career in construction and highlight how construction builds the world around them. In this case, inspire the building of a replica of the iconic Dover Castle.”

Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director for the Port of Dover, said: “As an engineer myself, this was a wonderful opportunity to bring pupils from different parts of our community together and engage them in a challenging, but fun activity which will perhaps help develop the skills needed to create the Port’s engineers of the future from talented young local people.” 


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 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.


  1. 2017 Honor’s Big Build Challenge

The winning entry will receive a £100 Amazon voucher, fun packs for the children who took part and a voucher for a free hire of an Honor Goodsite costume, valid for 12 months.  

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