Port of Dover
Commercial/Retail and Leisure
Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a £250million investment by the Port of Dover, with UK Government planning approval, and support from private finance and European Union grant funding. The project will deliver relocation and development of the cargo business, with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre; more space for ferry traffic in the Eastern Docks; a transformed waterfront for shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants; and the creation of multiple employment opportunities for the community.
The project has already contributed £136million to the East Kent economy through a policy to source labour and materials locally, as well as employing over 25% of the workforce from within a 25-mile radius.
Part of the development involved the construction of a new 500+ metre long pier and marina curve with the aim to provide excellent views of Dover from the sea. To allow the pier to be closed during adverse weather conditions and overnight to improve public safety, gates were required to secure the area.
Located just 15 miles from the pier, in the Kent countryside, we were perfectly situated to meet the requirements of the sourcing policy. Our Barbican® double leaf gates were installed at the entrance to the pier, and provide a strong access control solution without compromising on aesthetics. The gates were polyester powder coated black after galvanisation, providing a glossy, durable finish. Additionally, they come with a 25 year guarantee, offering a low lifetime cost when compared with the cost to replace those with a shorter lifespan.
The double leaf vertical bar gates come complete with a slide latch and centre drop bolt to allow them to be held open throughout the day, and encourage visitors to enjoy the pier and its amazing views of the sea, castle, and white cliffs. Spanning the width of the pier, the opening also allows essential access for maintenance vehicles, and emergency services when necessary.
To prevent climbing around the gate, our Barbican® fan panels were installed next to the gates, their decorative appearance providing a non-intimidating deterrent that fits with the surrounding environment. Our Barbican® range includes a number of styles that carry the same principles throughout: tamper proof fixings, anti-climb designs, welded pale-through-rail construction, and concealed panel-to-post connectors. Find out more about the range here.