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9th January 2017 - Press Release

Port of Dover makes good on its promise to deliver for Dover as major construction stage commences

Here we go!

The first stage of construction is now underway with the appointment of VSBW, 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.

The revival of the western part of the Port estate supports the developing destination agenda for Dover, being identified as the key catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area. It will deliver valuable employment opportunities both during construction and on completion of the new cargo facility.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This is the next important step towards the realisation of our shared vision.

“We are moving ever closer to significantly increasing the local economic benefit derived from the Port through a host of new job opportunities for local people and a transformed waterfront experience that Dover Western Docks Revival will provide.”

“Already, together with our contractors, we are beginning to generate opportunities by working with local suppliers and skills providers to maximise the local benefits throughout the construction phase. What a great way to start the new year!”

Rob Coupe, Managing Director at VolkerStevin, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract by the Port of Dover to design and build this stage of the Dover Western Docks Revival. Our extensive experience in managing complex marine projects leaves us well qualified to deliver this significant scheme.’’

Boskalis Westminster will undertake dredging, reclamation and compaction work. Paul de Jong, Managing Director of Boskalis Westminster Ltd, said: “We look forward to bringing our UK and international experience of dredging and related works to this prestiguous, nationally and locally significant infrastructure project and renewing our long association with the Port of Dover.”

Following key enabling works, this major phase of the construction programme is set to begin within the next few weeks and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.

For the latest DWDR animations, illustrations and project plans visit www.doverport.co.uk/DWDR.



Notes to editors

Port of Dover

Named ‘Port of the Year’ at the UK National Transport Awards 2016, the Port of Dover handles:

  • up to £119 billion of trade
  • up to 17% of the UK’s trade in goods
  • 2.5 million freight vehicles
  • 2.4 million tourist vehicles
  • 13 million passengers


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.



VolkerStevin is a multi-disciplinary contractor specialising in the marine environment and provides integrated solutions to the water, energy, marine infrastructure, flood and coastal protection, land remediation and regeneration sectors.

VolkerStevin is part of VolkerWessels UK, a multi-disciplinary construction and civil engineering group with a turnover of c£850 million. VolkerWessels UK employs more than 2,500 staff in six operating companies.


Boskalis Westminster Ltd

Founded in 1933, Boskalis Westminster operates in all sectors of the UK dredging market. We maintain and develop ports and waterways, provide materials and construction services to the country’s sea defences, reclaim land and offer specialist services to the oil, gas and water industries.

Westminster’s fleet of dredgers and support equipment is, generally, based in the UK thereby minimising response times and mobilisation costs. This versatile and varied fleet can be matched to requirements for optimum performance and cost efficiency.

Boskalis Westminster is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster nv, the world’s largest dredging group, which is currently active in more than 50 countries across the globe.

With the support of other group subsidiaries, Boskalis Westminster has the capability and resources to undertake the complete spectrum of dredging related tasks including coastal, inland waterway and seabed protection, immersed tube tunnel construction, offshore services, rock and breakwater construction, environmental projects, marine drilling and blasting, port and waterway engineering and marine pipeline installation.


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Social media:

  • Port of Dover UK Twitter handle:@Port_of_Dover
  • DWDR Facebook page: DoverWesternDocksRevival
  • Hashtages #PortofDover & #DoverWesternDocksRevival


  • VolkerWessels UK Twitter handle:@VolkerWesselsUK
  • Hashtags: #VolkerStevin


  • Boskalis Twitter handle:@BoskalisWessie
  • Hashtags: #Boskalis

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