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5th December 2017 - Press Release

Dover Western Docks Revival attracts more talented young people

A young Dovorian has joined the growing ranks of local talent for the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development apprenticeship programme with the Port of Dover's principal contractor, VSBW.

Lily Warren, 21, who attended St Edmund’s Catholic School and Astor College for the Arts in the sixth form, first joined VSBW in January this year where she supported the set-up of systems and processes in an administrative role within the procurement and commercial teams. It is in this role that Lily gained valuable experience with senior quantity surveyors before being offered her apprenticeship in the autumn as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor with VolkerStevin.

Lily said: “I was really excited to join DWDR, but to be offered an apprenticeship route into a career that I was passionate about is all I could ever have hoped for. I’m having the most amazing experience and gaining lots of expertise all the time, which I know will serve me well in the future.”

Lily’s two-year apprenticeship will include a one-day-a-week day release to undertake her BTEC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, whilst she also undertakes work-based learning for her NVQ Diploma in Surveying, Property and Maintenance.

Stuart Eckersley, Project Director for VSBW, said: “During her time with us, Lily’s enthusiasm, professional approach and willingness to develop has enabled her to fulfil a supporting quantity surveying function on a flagship infrastructure project in the South East.

“She is very ambitious and I am confident that she will have a very successful career in construction.”

Dave Herrod, Programme Director for DWDR at the Port of Dover, congratulated Lily on her apprenticeship and VSBW for further investing in local young people with such potential.  He said: “It’s very important for the civil engineering sector and the regional economy that we continue to attract talented young people like Lily and nurture them as they progress through their careers.

“DWDR’s apprenticeship programme provides the Port with an opportunity to attract and retain the best talent, while giving young people the chance to work with major contractors, such as VSBW.”


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.

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