Location: Dover, UK Scale: Adopted Core Strategy Policy CP8; Waterfront Area + new Marina Curve
Dover District Council in partnership with the Port of Dover and a number of local landowners appointed an expert consultant team with Baca as Lead Designers to develop a planning and regeneration framework for the development and regeneration of the wider Dover Waterfront area.
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.
Barbara Buczek, Director of Corporate Development, Port of Dover, said:
“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.”
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.
The phased strategy proposes to start with an injection of energy with a 'meanwhile use' where the A256 meets the A20 on the corner of York Street with Townwall Street. A new piece of city built appropriately from shipping containers, would house new start-up companies with events and activities for families and young people around the medieval crypt on-site archaeology.
“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 project involved an extensive stakeholder engagement process. 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.
The core consultant team comprised WSP, Baca Architects and LDA Design, supported by Bilfinger GVA and Currie & Brown.