The Port of Dover, the busiest Ro Ro ferry port in Europe, and cruise terminal handling 13 million passengers with 19,000 visiting vessels annually, seeks significant expansion. This major marine infrastructure project, gained consent in 2012 for Terminal 2 (T2). The vision for Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) was revealed in 2014, a multi-user industrial port, recreational marina, and public areas, acting as a springboard for significant local regeneration.
Our appointment was initially as CDM Co-ordinator. DHB’s health and safety goals were defined at an early stage and Capita’s aim is to assist DHB with its aspirations which include:
A solution being adopted which is unique to the project is the proposal to dredge aggregates from the Goodwin Sands, for use as ballast, hence reducing road vehicle movements. In view of its history, an explosive ordnance (UXO) desk top study was conducted, followed by a survey, which has defined the site as a high risk. We have also considered future maintenance requirements and how to address issues as diverse as agitated nesting seagulls, along with risks to health when ethylene gas is released during the ripening and storage of bananas.
Design risk management has focused on a consolidated CDM log, aligned to relevant disciplines, with design risk assessments, from all designers and co-ordinated by the Principal Designer. The CDM Log is an essential management tool to assist Capita, as principal designer to effectively manage most of its duties under the CDM 2015 Regulations. It is effective in recording and tracking any significant or unusual health and safety hazards or issues identified by designers or other members of the project team. Capita as Principal Designer can then agree with the designers measures required to design out or manage a risk and once this process is complete, residual risks can be reviewed with the Principal Contractor for onward control through the adoption of suitable methodologies or subsequently referenced in the health and safety file for the attention of end users.
Kevin Williams, Senior Project Manager - Port of Dover made the following comments on how the transition to CDM 2015 was made:
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