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19th July 2017 - Press Release

Move over Banksy... harbour hoardings win national art recognition

Dover's latest outdoor artwork has been given a national 'thumbs up'... but this one was painted by youngsters, not Banksy.

Pupils from three local schools have won second place in a UK-wide design competition for their Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) construction site masterpiece which features the harbour, cliffs, castle, lifeboat, ferries and hot air balloons.

They were among 70 entrants in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition, an initiative created by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and their artwork is now on display at the Marine Parade entrance to the DWDR works.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive at the Port of Dover, said: “The Dover Banksy’s good, but I think our Dover schools’ artwork is priceless. Dover is firmly on the map with waterfront regeneration, town centre regeneration and now youth community involvement. To achieve such success in a competition that had entrants from all around the country is something that Dover’s children should be proud of.”

In total, 77 youngsters from Green Park, Lydden and White Cliffs primary schools worked on the project, which was organised by the Port of Dover, DWDR contractors VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster (VSBW), and community art charity Dover smART.

Dawn Maddison, from Dover smART, said: “Yet again we have been blown away by the amazingly creative way local youngsters’ imagination has showcased what Dover is all about.”

The budding artists each received a certificate and medal for their achievements, and special canvass prints of their work were presented to the head teachers of each participating school.

Ron Eckersley, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for VSBW, added: “Our work with Ivor Goodsite and the Considerate Constructors Scheme forms a very important part of our lasting legacy in Dover. Children of this age are very receptive and keen to learn, which makes the visits a real pleasure.”


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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The pupils and Head teacher at Lydden Primary School who helped achieve a runners-up prize in the recent Considerate Constructors competition.

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