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Dover port to work with Bride Hall on waterfront plans

An image of a redeveloped port Image copyright Dover Port
Image caption Dover Port said the transformation would be for the benefit of the nation

Plans to transform Dover port into a "thriving" tourist destination have moved a step closer with the appointment of a developer.

The port said Bride Hall would now look at the development opportunities, which could include shops, hotels and bars.

The port has delivered a record year with over 2.4 million freight vehicles handling an estimated £100bn of goods.

Dover Council said the plans could make "a once-in-several-generations difference" to the community.

'Game-changer'

The port said the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) project would safeguard the port's future and act as a catalyst for regeneration in the famous town.

A new division, Dover Waterfront Limited, will focus on the waterfront regeneration, working with partners to "realise regeneration opportunities" arising from the Western Docks expansion, it said.

It said Bride Hall's expertise would help to develop a viable plan.

Port of Dover Chief Executive Tim Waggott said: "This is really happening and we are moving forward on turning our shared vision into reality."

Nick Desmond, managing director of Bride Hall, said the company was thrilled to be working "on what is clearly a game-changer for Dover".

Dover District Council Chief Executive Nadeem Aziz said the council would work with the port's new waterfront regeneration arm and Bride Hall to ensure the plans turned the town into a "thriving destination".

Image copyright Dover Port
Image caption It is hoped the development will bring significant local employment opportunities

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