The Port of Dover is the UK’s busiest passenger port and the busiest roll-on roll-off ferry port in Europe. In 2019, the port saw over 10 million passengers and 4.5 million vehicles. Due to its high traffic, it is vital that the port has an efficient and thorough maintenance schedule. Working for Knights Brown Construction on behalf of Dover Harbour Board, Toppesfield were contracted to undertake planned surfacing maintenance.
As part of the framework, Toppesfield delivered resurfacing works to the port loading area, WP010 C Park. Planing and delivery to a 7,700m2 area, the scheme saw Toppesfield work in two phases, ensuring that a section of the loading area was open at all times and causing minimal disruption to the busy passenger and cargo port.
The first phase saw Toppesfield plane 4,400m2 of material at 100mm, and lay 60mm of EME2 binder in two shifts. Toppesfield then laid 40mm of ASHP in two shifts, ready for Miles Macadam to lay the grouted Macadam, a cementitious slurry resulting in enhanced durability that is essential for areas that are prone to sea water erosion.
The second phase saw Toppesfield follow the same programming on a 3,300m2 area.
Working closely and collaboratively with both the Port of Dover and Knight Brown Construction, Toppesfield’s skilled on-site and commercial teams delivered works around the 24-hour operating port, agreeing traffic management to accommodate free flowing traffic. The scheme of works needed to be complete before the 31st of October, which Toppesfield were able to achieve with a two-week programme, and in addition were able to mobilise quickly to conduct emergency repair works during this time.
Results & Achievements
- Delivered to Schedule
- Delivered on Budget
- Efficient planning allowed part of the area to be operational at all times.
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