CEEQUAL is the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.
The £250m DWDR project - the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover - achieved a score of 88.6% in the assessment of the master planning and design stages.
The project's success has come from a strong commitment to embed sustainability in the management processes from the initial planning of the project. Sections in the CEEQUAL assessment where the project scored particularly highly include:
- Project Management: 97%
- Ecology and Biodiversity: 97%
- Physical resources use and management: 97%
- Water Environment: 92%
- People and Communities: 95%
The CEEQUAL assessment will now continue through construction to the Final Award Stage in two parts: Marine Civil Works and Land Based Infrastructure.
Matt Gale, Environmental Advisor and DWDR CEEQUAL sponsor at the Port of Dover, commented on the project: "Sustainability is at the core of the design, planning and delivery of the Dover Western Docks Revival and this award is a fantastic endorsement of that approach. To secure similar recognition as the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics Games - the greenest games ever - is hugely positive."
The award certificates were presented by CEEQUAL Managing Director, Chris Broadbent, at the Port of Dover's Cruise Terminal 1. Commenting on the project team's exceptional performance, he said: "This is an excellent achievement by the whole team; it really demonstrates the commitment there is to sustainable development at the port in Dover. I fully expect the project to continue to demonstrate this same commitment throughout the construction works and look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have."
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive at the Port of Dover, said: "DWDR is a game-changer for the port's operations and it's great that the project team's efforts to embed sustainability throughout the scheme have been recognised in an independent CEEQUAL Award.
"For a project of this scale, it's vital that we work closely with the town to help shape, deliver and eventually work and enjoy this asset. As we progress our plans, we will maintain that same level of diligence in seeking to minimise potential impacts of our work, and maximise the benefits for our town, our heritage and the environment."