With a value of £2.7million, the contract will begin in early 2019, and include the design and construction of the pontoons, access bridges for the 250-berth marina, fuel tanks and pumps for the fuel berth and pontoons and an access bridge for the new boatyard.
Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “The appointment of Solent Marine Ltd represents another significant landmark for the Port and its customers.
“Whilst the exact date for opening of the new facilities has not yet been determined, it is likely to be in late 2019 and a comprehensive transition plan will be put in place leading up to the opening of the new facilities.”
Marc Simmonds, Managing Director of Solent Marine Ltd, said: “The Dover Western Docks Revival contract is a very prestigious project and turns full circle as my father Victor Simmonds installed pontoons at Dover dating back to the late 80’s.
“This was a project I wanted to win and we look forward to this being built in our new manufacturing facility on Hayling Island.”
The existing 160 berth Wellington Dock will now become a 24-hr facility accessible through a new navigable channel from the new marina into the dock and will be served by a lock providing a minimum of 2.5m deep access at low tide.
Chris Windsor, Marina Manager at the Port of Dover, said: “Relocated within the outer harbour and anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019, the new marina development will include finger berths for vessels up to 18m, fuel berth facilities, and a new boatyard and boat hoist.
“The range of services that will be provided will include Wi-Fi, potable water, LED lighting and electrical power to all leisure berths.
“The design of the new marina will be compliant with The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) design standards; set within the harbour and bordered by a new 550m long Marina Pier, and adjacent to the new 750m Marina Curve development area designed to host a waterfront retail and leisure experience.”
DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover and this new 250-berth marina will form a key part of the redevelopment and serve as a catalyst for further regeneration.
Source: Port of Dover