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28th June 2017 - Press Release

President of the Institution of Civil Engineers hails Dover Western Docks Revival as 'essential'

The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Professor Tim Broyd has witnessed first-hand the importance of the Port of Dover to national and local economic prosperity on a special visit to the Port's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

Speaking about the development, Professor Broyd said: “The revival of the Western Docks is an essential development for Dover and the nation, helping to increase long-term capacity for Europe’s busiest ferry port.

“It will provide employment, business and wider regeneration and is a prime example of how infrastructure can facilitate economic growth, improving the lives of local people and communities.”

The £250m DWDR development is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port and represents the next exciting stage of its evolution, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway handling trade to the value of £119bn and representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods.

DWDR will provide a new cargo terminal and new port-centric distribution facility transforming cargo and logistics operations, and through the creation of a new marina will transform the waterfront and attract inward investment into the area. 

The revival of the western part of the Port estate also 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.

Welcoming Professor Broyd on behalf of the Port, Richard Christian, Head of Communications at the  Port of Dover said: “It was great to have the president of the Institution here at the Port and for him to see so clearly how a piece of marine civil engineering can support national and local economic prosperity.

“That is absolutely what we intend here at Dover and I hope it was a great message for the young engineers accompanying Professor Broyd to take away.”

Prof. Broyd met with the team involved in the development, including the Port’s DWDR Programme Director, Dave Herrod and the principal contractor’s Project Director, Stuart Eckersley from VSBW, a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster. He also met with several other engineers working on the project including two graduate civil engineers from both the Port and VSBW.

Stuart Eckersley, Project Director from VSBW said: “Professor Broyd has a wealth of experience and knowledge in civil engineering, so it was an honour to welcome him to site and share with him some of the innovative methods we are using to develop the Port, as well as talk about the challenges and complexities during the first stage of the marine civils.”

During the visit, Prof. Broyd went on a walkabout around the DWDR site, taking particular interest in an innovative walking piling gate which is the first of its kind, limiting down-time when moving from one pile to the next.  The ICE president also saw the new Wellington Navigation Channel which is a vital connection to link the historic and new marina facilities, and the ongoing Dunkirk Jetty demolition which is being undertaken by a Sheerleg crane barge lifting nine concrete armour units at circa 250 tons each.  



Notes to Editors


Jemma Ralphs, Marketing and Communications Executive, Institution of Civil Engineers

T 0207 665 2361

E Jemma.ralphs@ice.org.uk

About Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Presidents Visit

Each year the ICE President visits each region of the UK to raise the profile of civil engineering, see key projects and to meet with local ICE Members. The 2017 South East England Visit includes visits to the Port of Dover, Rochester Bridge Trust, MidKent College and engineering firm Peter Brett Associates.

ICE represents around 90,000 civil engineers from across the world and Prof. Broyd is one of the UK’s leading civil engineers and a world expert on the role of digital infrastructure in transforming how we live, work and travel.

About ICE South East England

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is one of the pre-eminent engineering institutions in the world. Established as a learned society in 1818, it has over 90,000 members and provides a voice for civil engineering, continuing professional development and promoting best practice throughout the industry. Further details from www.ice.org.uk 

ICE South East England supports and represents nearly 11,000 members living and working in the region to actively promote civil engineering with industry, schools, universities, local government and the media.

About Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR)

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.

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

Biography of Professor Tim Broyd, ICE President

Tim is Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London (UCL) as well as an Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering at the same university. He recently moved to UCL following a career in industry, and has substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies. In addition he was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007.

Within his role, he works with leading individuals in industry, government and academia to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. He is a leading advocate for BIM (Building Information Modelling), was a founding member of the UK Government's BIM Task Group, was lead author of the UK's published strategy on BIM Level 3 ('lifetime BIM') and has provided advice in this area to the development teams of a number of large infrastructure projects.

In 2016 he became the founding Director of UCL's new Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment (iDIBE). Tim is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is a Vice Chairman and Director of the Construction Industry Council and a Director of Thomas Telford Limited. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of BRE Global, having previously been a Director of CEEQUAL Limited.

Tim became a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011, and became its President in November 2016. Tim graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering, and remained there to study for a PhD in the mixing of salt and fresh waters in natural British estuaries.


Kevin Williams - Senior Project Manager, Port of Dover and Stuart Eckersley - Project Director, VSBW; presenting a souvenir of DWDR visit to Prof. Tim Broyd, ICE President (left to right)

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