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).

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 dock levellers, we recommended Rollashield Sectional overhead doors as they deliver both the physical framework 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. We’ve ensured that the Rollashield SD has no areas of cold bridging meaning to meet building regulations. Panels achieve a U-value of 0.51 W/m2K which means that a fully installed 5m x 5m door will achieve a U-value of around 0.9 W/m2K, while an upgrade to an 80mm panel gives a U-value of 0.24 W/m2K.Often used in the development of chilled distribution centres, the Rollashield provides Class 2 air-permeability, which can also be upgraded to Class 4. For the ultimate in flexibility, the Rollashield SD comes with the option of manual or motorised operation to complement a variety of control methods.

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