There’ll be butterflies over the White Cliffs of Dover

December 10, 2019

CAN Geotechnical (an RSK company) won the contract commissioned by Dover Harbour Board to install rockfall catch fences within the Port of Dover in Kent.

An exciting and high-profile project, it will see CAN remove more than 220 linear metres of existing life-expired catch fence from the lower Eastern Docks cliff and install a new a Geobrugg GBE500A 500kJ impact energy-rated catch fence, which has been designed by JUBB Consulting Engineers.

Safety will be of paramount importance while working in a high-risk location, so CAN’s rope-access team will scale the upper cliff to make the lower worksite safe. The team will use mobile elevated work platforms in the Port for the remainder of the work to ensure safe access.

As well as negotiating the high-risk site, work must be tackled with extreme care because the cliff face and surrounding land are designated a site of special scientific interest and a special area of conservation. The nationally rare early spider-orchid and Adonis blue butterfly have been spotted, so all work must be planned carefully to protect these environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas.

The project will be a great showcase for how CAN tackles complex projects successfully while having zero impact on an area’s recognised environmentally sensitive features.