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An artists impression of what the docks will look like after the revival.

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Dover Western Docks revival set to begin in the next few weeks

An artists impression of what the docks will look like after the revival.

An artists impression of what the docks will look like after the revival.

The first stage of a major dockland redevelopment takes off with the appointment of two companies.

VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, will provide the marine structures and bridge contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Dock Revival.

The firms are working under the joint venture VSBW in a contract valued at £115 million.

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, new lock gates, bridge, navigation channel, bridge and capital dredging work.

The DWDR identified as the key catalyst for the wider regeneration of area. Believe it will bring in new jobs both during construction and on completion of the new cargo site.

Tim Waggott, chief executive for the 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 DWDR 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. Our extensive experience in managing complex marine projects leaves us well qualified to deliver this significant scheme.’’

Boskalis Westminster will undertake work such as dredging and land reclamation.

Paul de Jong, the company’s managing director, 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."

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.

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