The project is part of extensive traffic management improvements works.
The 44-week programme sees ISG open up the east and west end façades of the passenger terminal so that selected vehicles can drive into the building.
The port owner will then demolish a number of buildings within the Eastern Dock area and create 11 additional lorry lanes, totalling over 5km in length. The project will increase capacity for vehicles arriving for ferry crossings and help to reduce traffic volumes around the Port of Dover approach roads.
ISG will strip out luggage conveyors and the passenger luggage tunnels to the coach drop off points. It will reconfigure space in the passenger terminal building and create new offices. New mechanical and electrical services, including heating and ventilation systems will be installed.
As well as opening up the ends of the building to allow vehicle entrance and exit, ISG will modify the existing curtain walling and cladding system and install new roller shutter doors. Internally, the contractor will lay a new tarmac surface on the existing ground floor slab, strip out the ceilings to create increased head room in the vehicle areas and install a new ventilation system.
The building will be kept in use during the work.
“Changing trends have meant that the large passenger terminal at the Port of Dover, which predominantly catered for passengers travelling on foot, is now underused. However, the volume of commercial traffic has multiplied significantly over recent years and there is an urgent requirement for upgraded facilities at the port,” said ISG southeast managing director Ian Gifford.
He added: “This is an asset optimisation project that will allow our client to align greater use of the available space to current and future demand. ISG’s experience of managing large-scale projects in a complex live environment situation will prove essential in the successful outcome of this infrastructure upgrade.”