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Customer

Dover Harbour board

Location

Kent

Value

£3.7m

Knights Brown has been appointed to construct 550m of promenade overlooking the new marina at Dover Western Docks. This stage of the development comprises paving work on the marina curve, marina car parking and welfare facilities and a recreational area, which will form the Clock Tower Square, an essential component for the opening of the new marina.

Restored heritage street furniture will be incorporated into the work. Clock Tower Square will accommodate mooring bollards, heritage lamp standards, railing standards and specialist posts, and granite benches made from former pier coping stones.

The Charles II Memorial, Jarret Memorial, Pier Memorial, Prince of Wales Entrance Plaque and the Prince of Wales Pier Gates will be placed in prominent positions as reminders of the area’s history. Stretching for 150 metres, restored small and large granite cobbles will be reset to show the original pier outline.

Dover Western Dock Revival (DWDR) has already positively increased economic benefits for the local area as a result of the construction of the cargo terminal and berths. This stage of the development will further enhance the outlook to the marina and the waterfront experience. Construction is key to the opening of the new marina in 2021.

DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover and represents the next exciting evolution of the port, delivering long-term capacity for a key international gateway handling trade to the value of £122bn and representing up to 17% of UK trade in goods.

our sectors

Knights Brown was a great client to deal with. We felt from the very outset that they worked with us rather than for us, demonstrating real collaboration in order to minimise disruption to the port. The works were also delivered through a very challenging time, with the latter stages coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic. Their approach to this was thoroughly professional, with health and safety the primary consideration. Working practices were strictly amended and monitored, with the project completed to the satisfaction of all involved.

- Anisa Koci Port Master Plan Project Manager at Portsmouth International Port

This complex and challenging project was a collaborative undertaking from the outset. Combining two projects was inspirational, saving not only money but diverting 22,000m3 from landfill. Some extremely innovative tools and methods were used to demolish the pier, recover material and to achieve the lowest environmental impact on one of the most environmentally designated places in the UK.

- London and South East Constructing Excellence Awards judging panel on Phase 2 of the North Portsea Island CFERM