As part of the Folkestone Redevelopment scheme, our application of value-added marine engineering has helped revitalise Folkestone’s historic harbour area. Under three separately awarded contracts, consisting of Phase B1: Repair and Refurbishment, Phase B2: General Refurbishment, and Earthworks, our project dedicated team has ensured that Folkestone now has a circular economy that works for 12 months of the year. GRAHAM’s commitment to realising the long-term regeneration goals of the Harbour was recognised in May 2018 with a ‘Special Judges Award for Sustainable Regeneration’ by the Global Good Awards.
Improving connectivity while enhancing access to amenities for the next generation of Folkestone, the £6m scheme consisted of three phases of preparation and redevelopment works throughout the harbour area. Beginning with the repair and refurbishment of the viaduct and swing bridge,
Phase B1 featured brickwork repairs, surface preparation and repainting of the swing bridge with steel repairs and the refurbishment of existing metal balustrades.
All structural steelwork was protected with a paint system appropriate to the marine environment. Phase B2 created new access to the Harbour Arm and a direct route to the town via the former railway station platforms. Core elements included refurbishment and alterations to the harbour square access, viaduct, swing bridge, level crossing, custom house, platforms and track bed.
The neglected former railway station was also renovated with surviving glass canopies restored. The Earthworks contract centred on beach nourishment works, preparatory earthworks and boardwalk construction. Significantly, 100% site won materials were utilised.
"We rated the project because of the commitment and effort demonstrated to reuse the elements of the original site in the regeneration project and further afield in the community to avoid waste. The project also demonstrated community engagement – a great showcase of how regeneration projects can exemplify a global good approach."