Dover Waterfront Masterplan

Dover, Kent.

Dover District Council in partnership with the Port of Dover  and a number of local landowners have appointed Baca Architects with an expert consultant team to develop a planning and regeneration framework for the development and regeneration of the wider Dover Waterfront area.

Town-wide Masterplan and Corridor Studies - Supplementary Planning Document


The area consists of sites allocated in the District Council’s Adopted Core Strategy such a Waterloo Crescent, Wellington Dock and the new Marina Curve planned within the Port’s approved Dover Western Docks Revival.  The framework will build, strengthen and link into many of the plans and initiatives already underway in the town, including the St James retail and leisure development.

Public Realm and Connectivity

Improving connections and public realm from Dover Waterfront to the Maison Dieu (Dover Town Hall) and Dover Priory railway station is a core objective. Part of the strategy will be to propose solutions to reduce severance caused by the A20, which is already being

enhanced by the Port through junction improvements, and issues connected to the underpass. As well as improving existing connections new proposals will also be considered for connecting Dover’s historic assets including Dover Castle and the Western Heights.

Core Team

The core consultant team comprises WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baca Architects and LDA Design, who are supported by Bilfinger GVA and Currie & Brown.


“The vision for this key part of Dover is to create a more welcoming, contemporary image that better connects people and places whilst retaining the distinctiveness for which Dover is world renowned.”
– Tim Ingleton, Head of Inward Investment at Dover District Council

“The Port is committed to delivering Dover Western Docks Revival, including an exciting waterfront transformation that will be a catalyst for creating Destination Dover. Ensuring that the local benefits of this major opportunity are maximised through additional masterplanning to improve connectivity is a further demonstration of our commitment to deliver for Dover.”
– Barbara Buczek, Director of Corporate Development, Port of Dover

Stakeholder Engagement

A two-day stakeholder workshop was held at the Dover District Council Offices. This gave the core team the opportunity to work in partnership with the key Partners to identify the most appropriate way that Dover Waterfront should be connected to the town center and the wider area in a way that fully addresses the Adopted Core Strategy.