Leslie Jones has been named as the lead architect for a £120m project to redevelop the Port of Dover by 2017

The ongoing project to redevelop the Port of Dover took a huge step forward this week, when Leslie Jones Architecture was named as the lead design firm.

The £120m project with Bride Hall Real Estate Partners could include a new marina, as well as shopping and leisure facilities and retirement housing.

Leslie Jones has previously worked on the Southside shopping centre in Wandsworth, Sheffield’s Moor Market and the London Designer Outlet in Wembley.

James Cons, managing director at Leslie Jones Architecture, said: “We understand how to capture successful elements of mixed-use schemes across the UK, and adapt, then transfer them to the benefit of other developments.

“We are excited that this waterfront location will be brought back to life and become a destination that local people and visitors call home.”

Dover Harbour Board was given Government permission to redevelop the Kentish port in 2012 and secured £120m of funding in September 2014.

At the time George Jenkins, chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said the investment would “create long-term prosperity for Dover and for the nation”.

It is hoped that the new development will create more than 600 jobs in the area by 2017. Each year the Port of Dover handles an estimated £100billion worth of goods.