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9th August 2018 - Press Release

Marking milestones in style

Following the start of the Port of Dover's iconic Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development programme of works back in 2014; a key milestone of having worked one million man-hours in Dover has been exceeded.

To date over 15 different contractors have been involved all contributing their own specialist skills at the different stages of the programme.

The Principal Contractor for the Marine Civils and Bridge contract, VSBW, – a joint venture between VolkerStevin Boskalis Westminster - accounts for two thirds of those hours.

Working closely with both their own initiative, Safety Ripple, which ensures that everyone on site is engaged and responsible for safety, and the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), underpins how a strong behavioural safety culture has been formed resulting in no serious accidents or incidents being recorded in their 680,000 site-based hours.

Former contractors, GRAHAM, who delivered the enabling works based on the Hoverport and Prince of Wales Pier clocked-up over 42,000 hours, and Jackson Civil Engineering, who were responsible for the A20 Junction Improvement Scheme to replace York and Union Street roundabouts into the current computerised traffic light system, clocked-up over 64,000 hours.

Kevin Williams, Senior Project Manager at the Port of Dover, said: “This is a real achievement and milestone. From the outset a key contract initiative has been to employ as many personnel as possible to ensure that the benefit is felt locally and in the East Kent Region.

“To date 29% of the workforce has been employed locally, 48% living within the East Kent region and the investment contribution to the economy, from VSBW’s contract alone, has reached £136million.

“This milestone underpins the regenerative effect the development has started to have and is the catalyst for attracting future long-term investment to Dover and the Port.”

To add to the challenge of running a safe and efficient site, and with currently four different Principal Contractors each trying to deliver their own packages of work alongside each other, cooperation and logistics planning has been key to maintaining programme and a safe working environment.

Recognition was underlined by the recently awarded ‘Exceptional’ status from CCS, which highlights how the team has exceeded key safety requirements and constantly engaged with all sections of the community to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.


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:


  • 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;
  • 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; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.


DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Whole Team Interim 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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DWDR images courtesy of www.cloudcamuav.com 


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