Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dover RoRo Ferry Port Remodelling Will Assist Freight and Passenger Traffic Volumes

Speedier Traveller Throughput Will Clear Access Road Congestion
Shipping News Feature

UK – Construction company, ISG has been awarded a £4.5 million project by the Port of Dover to carry out extensive remodelling works to the ground floor of the existing passenger handling building, Phase 2 of the facility’s two-year Traffic Management Improvements project, which will see the Port demolish a number of buildings within the Eastern Dock area in order to create an additional 11 lorry lanes totalling over 5 kilometres in length. The project will enhance on-site capacity for vehicles arriving for RoRo ferry services and help to reduce freight and passenger traffic volumes around the Port of Dover approach roads.

The 44 week programme involves extensive internal remodelling of the passenger terminal, including the removal of the luggage conveyors and the passenger luggage tunnels to the coach drop off points. ISG will then reconfigure the space in the passenger terminal building and create new offices. New mechanical and electrical services, including heating and ventilation systems will be installed, while maintaining services to parts of the building, which will be in use throughout the duration of the project.

In addition to opening up the ends of the building to allow vehicle entrance and exit, ISG will modify the existing curtain walling and cladding system and install new roller shutter doors. Internally, the company will lay a new tarmac surface on the existing ground floor slab, strip out the ceilings to create increased head room in the vehicle areas and install a robust ventilation system. ISG’s Ian Gifford, Managing Director – South East, commented:

“Changing trends have meant that the large passenger terminal at the Port of Dover, which predominantly catered for passengers travelling on foot, is now underused. However, the volume of commercial traffic has multiplied significantly over recent years and there is an urgent requirement for upgraded facilities at the Port.

“This is an asset optimisation project that will allow our client to align greater use of the available space to current and future demand. ISG’s experience of managing large-scale projects in a complex live environment situation will prove essential in the successful outcome of this infrastructure upgrade.”