New cargo berths, logistics hub, marina and waterfront
The Port of Dover is embarking on its biggest single investment project with the £120m redevelopment of the Western Docks, creating 600 new jobs and safegaurding 140 existing roles.
The plans involve bringing back into use parts of the port estate that are currently unused. The phased development includes:
Phase 1 - Cargo berths and cargo terminal
Construction of two new cargo berths and an associated cargo terminal. On completion by December 2017, cargo operations will be transferred from the Eastern Docks to the Western Docks. This will free up space in the Eastern Docks for the continued development of the ferry terminal which is the busiest in Europe. Expanded cargo handling facilities in the Western Docks will allow Dover to grow its cargo business which predominantly caters for reefer trades in fresh produce.
Phase 2 - Marina and public realm
Construction of a new marina in the outer harbour including a new pier, and a major waterfront regeneration creating public spaces and piazzas with new leisure, retail and residential space, set against the unique backdrop of the harbour, White Cliffs of Dover, and Dover Castle. The new marina will be accessible at all states of the tide. There will also be a new navigation cut through to the existing Wellington Dock marina.
Phase 3 - Port centric logistics facility
On completion of the new marina by January 2019, the Granville Dock and tidal basin will be infilled to create land for the development of a port-centric logistics facility. This will build on Dover's pre-eminence as Europe's busiest roll-on/roll-off port by creating opportunities to back-fill empty lorries bound for mainland Europe.