A - Z Projects

The Dover Town Investment Zone (DTIZ) is a key Dover town centre regeneration development. The proposed development comprises the demolition of a former hotel, office block, multi-storey car park, bus depot and former P&O offices followed by the construction of a hotel, cinema, restaurants and retail units along with a surface car park. The development site is located within the area of the Roman harbour which was located in the mouth of the River Dour. The estuary subsequently began to silt up and a spit of sand and gravel grew across the mouth of the river. This spit was occupied from c.12th century and focused on St James Street which was a principal road from the town centre out east toward the castle. This was densely occupied up to WWII, during which time the town suffered from extensive and severe bomb and artillery damage since when the site has been a large car park, with a bus depot, hotel and an office block.

The early stages of the project comprised the implementation of evaluation trenching in key areas of the site. The trenching revealed that there were well preserved medieval and post-medieval remains surviving within the site. The regeneration scheme was granted permission with a number of archaeological conditions attached to it. Orion Heritage devised and agreed a programme of further archaeological evaluation alongside the full or partial excavation of key areas of the site with Kent County Council and Dover District Council on behalf of Bond City Ltd. Orion Heritage sought tenders for the work and managed the excavation, evaluation and programme over a 12 month+ period.