DDS Demolition were awarded the contract to reduce the height of the Prince of Wales Pier at Dover Harbour Western Docks on behalf of Graham Construction (Principal Contractor) and Dover Harbour Board (Client).
The Port of Dover is the cross‐channel port situated in Dover, south‐east England. It is the nearest English port to France, at just 34 kilometres (21 miles) away, and one of Europe's largest passenger ports, with 14 million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year.
DDS were fully aware that the key to the successful contract would be the full segregation and protection of Passenger and Cargo vessels, Dover Harbour staff, Cargo Facilities / Crane Movements and the General Public from the impact of the demolition works and subsequent processing of the waste materials – visually and physically, from debris, dust, noise & vibration and from disruption to services – both on land and on water.
The Prince of Wales pier and seaward ramp and landward ramp were reduced in height using 360° excavators and the materials processed / stockpiled on the hoverport area. The demolition was progressed gradually and was always governed by safety. DDS had good understanding of all site requirements having previously carried out successful demolition projects, including the Fast Ferry Berth, at Dover Harbour.
During the course of the demolition works the safety and welfare of the site operatives, Design Team, personnel and general public was paramount. All demolition works were carried out in a strictly controlled manner to ensure that contaminants were not exposed and released into air, land or sea which had the potential to cause pollution, harm or nuisance.