Dover Regeneration and Sea Change

Rummey Design was commissioned in early 2006 to produce a Public Realm Strategy for Dover, going on to produce the successful 'Sea Change - Connecting Cultures' funding application in 2008.

Complementing a wider masterplanning remit within Dover, Rummey Design was appointed to mange the Sea Change bid process for Kent County Council, English Heritage, Dover Harbour Board and Dover Districting Council, producing design proposals, public consultation boolkets and films to win £3.85m. Match funding was available to allow the Castle Keep to be re-presented, together with a range of other projects.


Dover, Kent


United Kingdom

Project Status

In Progress


Kent County Council
Dover District Council
South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
English Heritage
Dover Harbour Board

Site Area

500.00 ha

Project Area

1000.00 ha


Dover, on the south coast of England, was formed by its dramatic topography, proximity to France and the outlet of the River Dour to the sea. The White Cliffs have become internationally famous and since Roman times the promontory of the Castle has had military and defensive significance. However, the very topography of Dover and economic success of the Port had produced problems of severance; the Castle disconnected from the town and the waterside lands disconnected from the town by Townwall Street which carries many thousands of freight vehicles every day, effectively cutting the town off from its own sea front.


The Dover Sea Change bid aimed to 'connect' - connecting the Castle with the town centre and the sea front, adding value to other initiatives such as the High Speed rail link and Port facilities, and connecting existing cultural activities and businesses together. Rummey Design undertook the organisational and creative elements of the bid process. The components were:

Strand 1

  • Cable Car Feasibility Study
  • Esplanade Public Realm
  • Bleriot Monument Public Realm

Strand 2

  • Officers' new Barracks, conservation and public access
  • Permanent Admissions Building
  • The Great Tower
  • The Secret Wartime Tunnesl
  • Public Consultation and Education Outreach Programme

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