The Port of Dover was recognized recently for a revolutionary temporary work system that is being used for its Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development project.
According to the port, the ‘walking piling gate’, which improves the safety, environmental standards and efficiency of the construction process, has been recognized as an innovation by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), and is featured on the Scheme’s Best Practice Hub.
The contractor, VSBW (VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster), has been using the custom-built equipment to install large diameter tubular piles for the port’s new berths, pier and marina curve, and is already reporting the kit has increased the number of piles being driven daily from three to a maximum of 10.
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 center; A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover’s unique backdrop of the harbor, cliffs and castle; Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic; and Quality employment opportunities for local people.