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14th November 2016 - Press Release

DWDR laying the foundations for a new Dover

Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) project is quite literally laying the foundations for opportunities in the future, as reclaimed concrete from the Prince of Wales Pier enabling works and demolition material from the St James development form the foundation of the Western Docks.

The last 10 months of work has seen the DWDR project stockpile 46,000 tonnes of reclaimed concrete (aggregate) as the Port creates a sustainable legacy of material processing and recycling.

Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Special Projects of the Port of Dover, said: “We make every effort to send materials from old structures for recycling, rather than to landfill.

“The DWDR project is delivering sustainable development by reducing the volume of aggregate required and we have been obtaining suitable material from local demolition works in order to minimise our requirements from other sources.

“The height reduction and enabling works along the Prince of Wales Pier have resulted in 20,000 tonnes of recycled concrete crush added to the 26,000 tonnes already recycled from the demolition of the former 1970’s office block, hotel and multi-storey car park from Dover District Council’s development.

“This resulted in a reduction of 46,000 tonnes of embodied carbon associated with the extraction, manufacture and delivery of aggregate.

“The DWDR project will make best use of recycled materials wherever possible from local regeneration projects, and this also includes a further 7,000 tonnes from the multi-storey car park in the Eastern Docks which is due to be demolished next year.”

Recycled and secondary aggregates are making an increasingly important contribution to the UK’s needs and are often part of a mixed sourced approach to large-scale construction projects.  Jerry McLaughlin, Director of Economics at the Mineral Products Association (MPA), said: “Recycled & secondary materials now account for 28% the GB aggregates market and the DWDR project is a good example of how sustainability can be integrated into infrastructure development.”


Note to editors:

1.  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 development committed to deliver the first phase.

The Port of Dover secured a top sustainability award from CEEQUAL for the DWDR project in July. DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the Interim Client and Outline Design Award.  CEEQUAL is 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.

2.  The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade body for the UK’s aggregates, cement and concrete industries.  Recycled aggregates bring carbon reduction benefits, which include:

  • Reduced resource consumption;
  • Diversion of waste materials;
  • Reduced quarrying and transportation costs; and
  • Reduced embodied carbon (i.e. refers to carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacture, transport and construction of building materials, together with end of life emissions).


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