Making way for creativity
Our technical teams are currently involved in a sensitive regeneration project, appointed by Dover District Council. As part of the authority’s plans to transform the town, the Bench Street area is being developed into a ‘creative centre’.
The regeneration has been enabled by government funding, specifically granted in order to renew and reshape the town centre in a way that drives growth, improves experience and ensures future sustainability.
As part of the regeneration, a new development on the corner of Bench Street and Townwall Street, to be named ‘The Bench’ will house cultural and community engagement facilities, supporting local businesses and engaging with Dover’s residents. New residential dwellings will also be created.
Surveys conducted on the prospective development site back in 2022 identified significant structural issues, meaning re-use of the buildings was not possible and so the regeneration plans commenced, with DDS’ appointment to deconstruct a total of 3 buildings, including what was once the Funky Monkey nightclub, the Castle Amusements and also the former Post Office.
Never ones to shy away from a challenging project, DDS Demolition have faced numerous problems on site including social and security issues with squatters and significant interest from the public due to the site being home to a listed building, a crypt and an infamous Banksy mural which appeared at the height of the Brexit referendum repercussions.
Security and safety requirements have been stepped up, and in order to attempt to salvage the mural, increased levels of manual methods employed.
This is certainly one project to watch as we attempt to salvage even more recyclable and reusable materials than we normally would and preserve them for future generations to benefit from. It’s a first for us at DDS since the bricks that feature Banksy’s artwork, won’t be destined for a reclamation yard. If all goes to plan with the effort to retain the 'canvas' and restore the artwork, it could soon return to Dover for the residents to enjoy once again.