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27th June 2018 - Press Release

Port's young graduate showcasing excellence

A young graduate who played a key role in ensuring the sustainability of the design elements has recently been part of a successful submission for the Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

Environmental Advisor, Belle Sierina, was part of a team representing the Port’s contractors and designers that achieved an “Excellent” rating in the CEEQUAL Whole Team Interim Award.  

Originally from Latvia, Belle recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2017 with a BSc in Marine Environmental Science after successfully undertaking a placement as an Environmental Assistant at the Port of Dover during the third year of her degree.

Recognising her talent and knowledge of the Port; Belle was employed in November last year after graduating and she relocated to work in Dover as an Environmental Advisor and CEEQUAL Assessor for the DWDR project.

“It’s a real privilege to be part of such a prestigious project which has such a wide array of experienced project managers, engineers and other professions which has been instrumental in my career progression.” Ms. Sierina said.

As well as her responsibility to deliver the CEEQUAL requirements Ms. Sierina’s wider remit is to ensure that all contractor’s environmental impacts are managed and that legal compliance is competently maintained.

The construction of DWDR has environmental sustainability at its core - throughout the specification, design and construction - by carefully considering the possible impact in areas including: the historic environment, transportation efficiency, water environment, physical resources as well as wider areas of ecological and social sustainability. As environmental issues remain a key element of the delivery, Belle’s remit as full-time environmental advisor has been a key to demonstrating commitment that sustainability is at the heart of the project.

Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “I am delighted that the Port has been able to attract talented young professionals like Belle, who are full of such enthusiasm, knowledge and intelligence backed up with relevant academic achievements. 

“Dover Western Docks Revival’s ethos is to leave a ‘lasting legacy’; and part of that ethos is to create opportunities for graduates and apprentices on a very real and engaging project.”


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. Images
  • Image 1 (right to left): Belle Sierina - Environmental Advisor at the Port of Dover and Tom Reid - Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology at the Environment Agency
  • Image 2 (right to left): Belle Sierina - Environmental Advisor at the Port of Dover; Steve Rawlings – DWDR Project Manager at the Port of Dover; and Ian Humphyres - Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer, Environment Agency. 

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