Dover Western Docks Revival

Friday February 12 2021

A mere 34km off the coast of France, The Port of Dover is not only the nearest in England to continental Europe, but also one of the busiest maritime passenger ports in the world. Due to the proximity to the mainland, it has a long history and many listed buildings to show for it.

The numbers passing through each year are impressive: 11.7m passengers, 2.6m lorries and 2.2m cars in 2017, bringing in an annual turnover of £58.5m.

The area is divided into two main sections: the Eastern Docks, serving as the main cross-channel ferry terminal, and the Western Docks, which incorporates cruise ship piers, cargo handling and marina facilities.

Co-financed by the European Union, the Western Docks are going through a major transformation to increase the capacity of Europe’s busiest port. The flagship project is part of the wider regeneration of Dover, and will create plenty of high-quality employment opportunities for local people.

The waterfront will be completely remodelled with a new marina pier and curve. This will attract shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to the area boasting the unique backdrop of the Dover cliffs, castle and harbour. Dover’s cargo business will also be relocated here with a new terminal and distribution centre. This will ease pressure and free up space in the Eastern Docks for greater ferry traffic.

The TP Group have been tasked with delivering the exterior surfacing at this vast site. We undertook the macadam phase of our works in December, and working with Knights Brown, we’ll also install over 3000m2 of Resin Bound Gravel surface dressing. We’re thrilled to be involved in this prestigious, large‐scale regeneration project and the Resin application will commence in earnest as soon as the weather conditions allow.