Demolition Continues Apace
Demolition works by contractor, DDS Demolition, continued apace throughout the summer. The demolition of the multi-storey car park and the County Hotel is now complete. Demolition of Burlington House is now underway in earnest following works to make the building safe and asbestos removal. This phase of the demolition process will see the building come down floor-by-floor over a twelve week period (subject to weather conditions).This will be the nosiest part of the demolition so we’re sorry for any local disturbance.
Rising From the Ashes!
DDS Demolition aims to recycle 97% of all materials from the site. In total, the demolition is expected to create 26,000 tonnes of reclaimed crushed concrete. All of this is being processed and screened onsite and transferred to the former Hoverport site in the Western Docks by local firm, TW Services. The remnants of Burlington House will form the foundation of the £120m Dover Western Docks Revival!
Canterbury Archaeological Trust concluded their archaeological dig on Woolcomber Street in October. This provided a fascinating insight into the area’s past and a number of artefacts were found over the course of 100+days of digging. The team’s excavations took them down through the fifteenth, fourteenth and thirteenth centuries, uncovering a succession of buildings on the site. Over 400visitors enjoyed an Open Weekend on 26-27 September2015.
Tenders for the construction phase are currently being reviewed by the developer, Bond City. An announcement on the winning tender is imminent. It is anticipated that preconstruction works on the cinema, restaurants (Block B), and hotel will commence before the year end. Construction of the main scheme will start early in the New Year, with a centre opening date around Easter 2017.Pre-construction clearance and ground levelling works are taking place on various parcels of land, including ground remediation and the removal of the old petrol tanks on the Woolcomber Street site (Travelodge). Piling works will also start soon on both the Travelodge and Cineworld sites.
The three restaurant units adjacent to Cineworld (Block B) are now fully let. We are finalising legal agreements on a further six retail units.
Former Tenants Still Trading
Dover Eurochange is now trading from new premises at 122Snargate Street and continues to provide a wide range of services, including foreign currency exchange, discounted ferry tickets and left luggage.
Residential Development, Castle Street
Jenner completed construction of eight new residential units for Dover District Council at 12-14 Castle Street in October. The development includes five two-bedroom and three one-bedroom flats for affordable rent.
Bench Street Car park
The new Bench Streetcar park opened in June on the site of the former Centurion House. Providing 48 spaces the car park will complement the 450 spaces planned for the St James development. This has improved the public realm of this part of the town, and is complemented by Dover Town Council’s new signage to the seafront and town centre at the A20 underpass.
MIPIM UK Exhibition
Retail and leisure investors were a key audience for the Invest in Dover stand at the UK’s premier property exhibition, MIPIM UK, at London Olympia from 21-23 October2015. Among the visitors to the Dover stand was Tony O’Brien, Development Director of Travelodge Hotels.
With over 3,000 new jobs to be created across the Dover district in the coming years we want local people to take advantage of the new job opportunities. The St James development alone is expected to create over 580 new jobs in retail and hospitality. A new website www.Skills4Dover.co.uk has been developed to provide clear pathways into vocational training, apprenticeships, and further and higher education, geared to the skills needs of local employers.
Dover Skills Fair
Over 400 people attended the first ever Dover Skills Fair at Dover Town Hall on Thursday, 19 November with over 40 exhibitors, including employers, colleges, universities, and training providers.