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Port of Dover, Kent, UK


d2 Dura Grating Mini Mesh | Case Study

Project: Port of Dover, Kent, UK

Client: Solent Marine Ltd

In 2018, the Port of Dover awarded a major contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover’s new marina as part of the flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development. DWDR is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port, is expected to cost over £250m and serves as a catalyst for further regeneration to the area.

Solent Marine’s £2.7m contract included the design and construction of the pontoons, access bridges for the 250-berth marina, fuel tanks and pumps for the fuel berth and pontoons and an access bridge for the new boatyard.

Solent Marine chose 22mm Mini Mesh Dura Grating for the pontoon fingers in what has been described as one of the largest ever GRP pontoon install projects ever undertaken in the UK. Anti-slip, low-maintenance and attractive, the result has completely transformed the waterfront and will provide enduring performance in all weather conditions for years to come.

Dura Grating is non-conductive, lighter and cheaper than traditional steel gratings, and solves many of the issues associated with traditional timber decking alternatives.

The small openings of Dura Grating Mini Mesh prevents small objects falling through and is suitable for a wide range of footwear.

Commenting on the project, Solent Marine managing director Marc Simmonds said:

The Dover Western Docks Revival contract is a very prestigious project and turns full circle as my father Victor Simmonds installed pontoons at Dover dating back to the late ’80s. This was a project I really wanted to win and we look forward to its successful completion.

Discover the benefits of d2 Dura Grating

Designed, developed and manufactured by Dura Composites, d2 Dura Grating offers outstanding safety, performance and durability and is more cost-effective than traditional GRP grating in almost every scenario.

It can be applied in all industries where GRP mesh grating is used today and has an industry-leading Class Bfl-s1 fire rating as standard (in accordance with BS EN 13501). As with all our grating, it can be supplied with a range of stainless steel clips, clamps and hold down fixings to suit all install scenarios.

A comprehensive range of load testing data is also available within our searchable Online Product Selector database to help you make decisions based on real data to ensure maximum safety for your project.

  • Micro Mesh: 23mm
  • Mini Mesh: 23mm, 35mm, 45mm & 55mm
  • Standard Mesh: 26mm, 38mm & 50mm
  • Solid Top (Covered): 29mm, 41mm & 53mm

Contact our Specialist Marine & Leisure Team about our Composite solutions

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Dean Fuller

Marine & Leisure Sales Manager


Joanne Pillinger

Marine & Leisure Sales Executive