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14th December 2018 - Press Release

Port development Giving Tree aims to make Christmas merrier for those in need

The Port's Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) team has truly captured the spirit of Christmas with a Giving Tree collection for a local charity.

Employees from the DWDR team, which also includes principle contractors VSBW - VolkerStevin Boskalis Westminster Joint Venture, VolkerFitzpatrick, Buckingham Group and WW Martin have not only been hard at work finishing DWDR Stage 1 & 2 but also collecting food via its very own Giving Tree for the local charity Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable.

DWDR’s Giving Tree was decorated in a slightly different way to the average tree. Mixed among the baubles were tags marked with different types of gifts to buy, along with a little space for people to leave a message on. Everyone who decided to take part selected a tag and bought a present of that description.

The charity, which works under the Salvation Army banner, aims to help the homeless and vulnerable in Folkestone and the surrounding areas, by serving meals on a Monday and Friday each week from 3.15pm to 5pm at the Salvation Army centre on Canterbury Road, Folkestone.

The Leadership Team who volunteer for Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable, said of the Port’s donations: “‘We are extremely grateful to the staff from the DWDR team for their kind donations.

“Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable are reliant on donations from individuals and organisations, so partnerships such as this are invaluable in ensuring we can make a difference this Christmas.”

Chris Talbot, DWDR Communications Manager, commented: “We are delighted to partner with the Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable charity this Christmas.

“Each item of food that has been donated will make such a huge difference to those receiving them. I’d also like to thank our contractors working on the development in the Western Docks who have once again shown their commitment and enthusiasm in supporting local charitable causes. Initiatives like these go some way to help leave a lasting legacy here in Dover and the surrounding areas.”

To date contributions have been made to vulnerable families throughout Dover and Folkestone and Social Services will be receiving a number of boxes to distribute amongst families at risk under their care.

A number of Dover based schools and nurseries also received packages, and contributions were made towards the Festive Feast, hosted by the Salvation Army on New Year’s Eve, in Folkestone.

The Giving Tree is just another way the Port of Dover’s flagship development is helping the community; it already has committed over £40k and 1,200 hours to local community initiatives.


Notes to Editors

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Team pictured left to right, Antony Greenwood, Helen Hadlow, Louise Hooley, Steve Rawlings and Chris Talbot - The Giving Tree with just one of the many packages ready for delivery


  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.


  1. VolkerFitzpatrick

VolkerFitzpatrick will deliver the paving, utilities and infrastructure contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. 

With a contract value of £21m, this construction stage is a mix of heavy duty port paving, interconnecting roads, power and lighting, landscaping, street furniture, reefer gantries, fencing and access gates and border control facilities to approximately 10 hectares of the Western Docks.


  1. Buckingham Group Ltd

Buckingham will deliver the contract to build the new Refrigerated Cargo terminal (RCT) for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

With a contract value of £15million, this will deliver the construction of a 9,630 square metre multi-purpose refrigerated cargo facility designed to meet the future demands of the business.


  1. WW Martin

Kent-based contractor WW Martin will deliver the contract to design and build the new Dover Marina Control Building for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

With a contract value of £1m, this will deliver the construction of a 300.0m2 building which is designed to facilitate all marina operations including the Bascule Bridge and the Wellington Dock Navigation Channel lock gates.

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