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27th June 2017 - Press Release

Local children design community art for Dover Western Docks Revival

Striking community art celebrating the transformation of Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) has been revealed at the entrance of the construction site on Marine Parade this week.

The Port of Dover and VSBW, a joint-venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, teamed up with Dover smART to take part in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition - a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) initiative, to enable children of all ages to unleash their artistic skills on construction site hoardings which become large canvases for their imaginative creations.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive at the Port of Dover said: “Their designs look brilliant! The Port of Dover is committed to working with the local community and we were delighted to give local youngsters this fantastic opportunity to express their creativity at the entrance to the DWDR construction site.”

Dover smART collaborated and supported around 70 young children from Green Park, Lydden and White Cliffs primary schools throughout all stages design. 

Dawn Maddison, from Dover smART, said: “There was great participation from everyone and amazing imagination was shown in producing the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition.  Working with such a productive and creative team was a rewarding experience.”

Ivor Goodsite is used by companies participating in the Considerate Constructors Scheme to educate children about construction site safety.  As part of this educational scheme, a national competition is held annually, where all participants receive prizes including trophies, medals and certificates.

Ron Eckersley, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for VSBW, said: “It is great that Dover’s regeneration is stimulating so many local people.  Ivor Goodsite is a very positive figure promoting the UK construction industry to a young audience, and this is a great opportunity for our team to work together with our surrounding community, and actively involve the young people who may be affected by our works.”

All proceeds from the award entries will be donated to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). CAPT is the UK’s leading charity working to reduce the number of children and young people who are killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.



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. Images

a)    Ivor Goodsite mural located on the DWDR construction hoardings along Dover’s seafront promenade

b)    VSBW Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Ron Eckersley and Port of Dover’s Corporate Social Responsibility Officer meet children from with STEM in Sandwich

c)    Youngsters and the Ivor Goodsite mural

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