Work is underway in Dover on the re-configuration of the current marina in the Wellington Dock and its replacement with a modern facility, as part of a wider regeneration programme. Walcon has been contracted by the Port of Dover to undertake the project, which includes the demolition, disposal and recycling of the existing marina followed by building and installation of a new, 135-berth facility.
Walcon will be manufacturing and installing the new walkways and piers using System 2000 pontoons, which will be fitted with GRP open mesh decking, and they will also build and install three new access bridges plus bridgeheads.
Walcon’s Road Transportable Rig has been on-site since July providing the necessary lifting capability. The new pontoons will be delivered by the end of the year and the final piles will in by the end of February. The marina is due to be fully operational in April, with the new marina capable of taking boats up to 16 metres in length.
With Dover’s long history English Heritage is involved, and challenges include the possibility of encountering obstacles such as unexploded ordnance on the seabed. When Wellington Dock is completed, it will complement the Outer Marina providing a mix of tidal and non-tidal berths. All this is set against the backdrop of the iconic White Cliffs and the historic Dover Castle.