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30th September 2015 - Press Release

Historic England recognises Port's commitment to heritage

The public body which looks after England's historic environment has recognised a major Port of Dover restoration project.

Historic England – formerly English Heritage – praised the time, effort, determination and craftsmanship employed by the port and its contractors in restoring Dover Marine Station – now home to Dover Cruise Terminal 1 – to its former glory.

The recognition came after the annual English Heritage Awards which celebrate people and organisations who’ve gone to great lengths to look after/care for their historical environment.

The Port of Dover’s work on the Grade II-listed Marine Station focused on its 180m steel and glass Beaux-Arts style roof, as well as the building’s associated access structures. It involved replacing the roof trusses, applying protective paint, replacing patent glazing, electrical and roofing materials, and providing brick and stonework repairs - all while maintaining ongoing cruise operations.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “Projects like this make an important contribution to local and national history, to the life of the local community and to the vital task of securing England’s rich and varied heritage for present and future generations.”

During the renovation works, the port installed a 60m ‘rolling roof’ which was moved along the building as each phase was completed. This innovation, designed to protect the building’s exposed fabric from the elements, was reportedly the largest single span roof system ever used in this situation.

Tim Waggott, the Port of Dover’s chief executive, said: “As part of its commitment to restore, promote and celebrate its historic buildings and structures, the Port commissioned a multi-million pound heritage works project – with the Marine Station building a key focus of the regeneration. The project shows how the port cares for such assets in ensuring they are appropriately maintained whilst still able to play a role in the on-going business of a busy international port operation.  We look forward to welcoming more customers together with our community to this fantastic place in the years to come.”


Notes to Editors:

  • The port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation while delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • Pictures: Dover Marine Station 1  from outside before restoration works, Dover Marine Station 2, 3 & 4 from inside Dover Marine Station during restoration works and Dover Marine Station 5 after the restoration works at this year’s Port of Dover Annual Consultation Meeting.

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