The mist was obscuring the continent. The sun broke through and the French coast was suddenly very visible. It could clearly be seen as NRHA committee members walked with deliberation alongside the 12 railway coach long building to get to the imposing entrance to ‘Cruise Terminal 1’. Once inside, the true significance of the work done by Port of Dover to save — rather than destroy — this magnificent structure became readily apparent.

We were marking the unveiling of the plaque on 25 July 2017 for the Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award 2016 made to the Port of Dover company, for their superb achievement with the redevelopment of the former railway premises at Dover Marine station, a building that could so easily have been lost to future generations.

Andy Savage, on behalf of the NRHA, spoke of the importance of the country’s heritage railway infrastructure and of the pleasure in being able to recognise such a significant outcome here at Dover.

Kelly Tanner from Taylor Woodrow, representing the award’s sponsor, proudly recalled the part played by so many sectors coming together in partnership — to achieve this well-deserved award.

Tim Waggott CEO of the company waxed eloquent with the vision and their plans for a rich future for their asset – as a focal hub for the whole Dover community. With due solemnity, the plaque was then unveiled to loud applause; it will remain as a visible reminder of the achievement and success — to all of the many cruise company’s passengers — whether inbound or outbound — passing through the facility.

The award was announced at the National Railway Heritage Awards held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London in December 2016.

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The plaque at Dover Marine following its official unveiling with, from left, Kelly Tanner, Communications Manager of Taylor Woodrow, Andy Savage, Trustee of the National Railway Heritage Awards and Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, and Tim Waggott, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Dover.

 

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The work undertaken at Dover Marine was impressive, particularly given the harsh environment in which it is situated. The attention to detail and the finish achieved were noteworthy. In addition to the station building itself, work was also completed on the long footbridge linking the station to the Lord Warden Hotel.

 

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The restored Dover Marine station provides more than simply a facility for passengers; it can play host to a range of community activities – such as the Christmas Fair illustrated here.