The Port of Dover specialises in the handling, storing and freight forwarding of temperature-controlled commodities and, to ensure that they protect their business interests, a new, multi-purpose refrigerated cargo terminal (RCT) is under construction.  The development of the RCT is a vital element of the large redevelopment project that is focused on Dover’s dock area. The project is called the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) and will result in a greatly transformed Dover waterfront and new marina pier with the aim of bringing new shops, bars and restaurants to sit against Dover’s historical backdrop of the harbour, famous White Cliffs and castle.  As well as the more recreational element, the DWDR will also see the relocation and continued development of Dover’s cargo business with the creation of a new cargo terminal and distribution centre, scheduled to open in early 2019.

The Challenge

The objective of the redevelopment project is to manage projected increases in cargo volume and also to drive and facilitate growth of the cargo sector. The building is a 9,630 sqm facility designed to facilitate temperature-controlled storage, housing state-of-the-art facilities including eight chambers, each with an individually controlled temperature capability of between +1 and +14 degrees Celsius (+/-1C).  Tekta were originally approached by the architects for the scheme to come up with a suitable solution for the loading bays and various other doorways throughout the building.

The Solution

We were awarded the contract to deliver all doors in the project, including 20 loading bays. As well as loading bay equipment such as Prodok telescopic dock levellers and Prodok inflatable shelters, wheel guides and wheel chocks, we recommended sectional overhead doors as they deliver both the insulation values, and the functionality that the project requires.  Rollashield SD sectional doors work to keep all types of weather at bay while delivering on insulation and efficiency, in terms of both operations and in energy costs. They are therefore a superb choice for external doorways when the need for climate control is paramount.  In the cold chambers we installed multiple Rapidor Pro high speed doors with a wind load upgrade, and also Thermashield HD chiller doors to both internal and external doorways.  In some locations we used the Rollashield CD compact door which provides the insulation value of a sectional door but requires the headroom of a roller shutter – in this case required due to the location of air curtain units above the doorways.  Other products supplied included multiple Armasecure hinged steel doors and Rollashield FD fire shutters.

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