CHALKUP21 now has its own dedicated website

Dover Arts Development’s CHALKUP21 project is a 21st-century architectural coastal trail that aspires to raise awareness and appreciation of contemporary coastal art and architecture along the Strait of Dover. This century, there have been some fine examples built along the Strait, many of which have received prestigious industry awards.  CHALKUP21 links together 9 of these examples into a 17-mile Coastal Trail between Folkestone and Deal.

The Wing at Capel Le Ferne (2015) was designed by Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn in the shape of a Spitfire wing, complete with its famous uplift. 

The Lee Evans Partnership Samphire Hoe Education Shelter (2014) looks as if it has always been there. Fitting beautifully into its environment, it is cladded with recycled railway sleepers from the Eurotunnel terminal. It is heated by wood burners, using logs cut during expansion work at the terminal in Folkestone.

Tonkin Liu’s Three Waves (2009) mimics the gentle nature of waves on the sheltered beach, the rhythmical sweep of the Georgian Seafront Terrace and the undulating topography of the White Cliffs of Dover.

The Dover Sea Sports centre (2010), designed by Simons Design, is located on the foreshore of the world’s busiest passenger ferry port, but it enables water sport participants to experience the excitement of sea sports while in the safe and protected environment of Dover Harbour.

Alma Tischler Wood’s North Downs Way START/FINISH line (2011) is designed to be a playful monument to the beginning or end of the North Downs way.Interview with Alma Tischler Wood

The ‘Dover Totems’ (2017) by Elaine Tribley, mark the path up to the White Cliffs from the Eastern Docks. The sculptures are made of the same hard wearing marine grade steel as the ships using the harbour. The artist worked with Dover locals to develop designs based on the fossil remains of the tiny coccoliths — plants from the ancient seas, that formed the chalk cliffs millions of years ago – as well as drawings from a Dover Botanist and photographs of Birds from a Dover photographer. Interview with Elaine Tribley

The National Trust White Cliffs visitors Centre (1999) built in this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty blends with its surroundings. Its low wooden structure, with grass roof, is designed to be highly energy efficient. Chris Wilderspin the project architect described the building as “looking as though it has grown out of the existing landscape’. Designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects.

The Pines Calyx (2006) consists of 850mm rammed chalk walls surmounted by shallow tile vaults. The walls and thin-shell masonry domes are made of waste material: chalk excavated from the building’s foundation; the tiles were made from waste clay washed out of a local gravel quarry. Designed by Issy Benjamin, Helionix Design, Contractors Conker Conservation and Ecolibrium. Michael Ramage, John Ochsendorf and Wanda Lau designed the vaults.

The Deal Pier Café (2008). Níall McLaughlin Architects concluded that its Deal Café and Bar should preserve an al fresco quality, providing an ideal setting for a cup of tea or supper at the end of the pier while dealing with the challenge of an endlessly changeable maritime environment. The structural engineers were Price and Myers.


The CHALKUP21 art and architecture is linked between Folkestone and Deal by two of the finest long-distance trails in England and Wales; the North Downs Way and England Coastal Path National Trail routes that pass through the Kent Downs AONB (areas of outstanding natural beauty), the chalk grassland of the North Downs escarpment and Heritage Coastline to the beach to Deal.

CHALKUP21 is attracting cultural tourists to Dover as a destination and bringing income into the local economy. It is aimed at walkers, cyclists, local residents and cultural tourists making use of National Trail walking routes and Sustrans bicycling routes. With its focus on iconic contemporary architecture, the trail and the related events are bringing cultural visitors into the town and income into the local economy by enhanceing the area’s cultural offer. Click here to read  Joanne O’Connor’s beautifully written article in the Guardian.

The  CHALKUP21 trail markers, designed by Charles Holland have been installed  at each of the nine CHALKUP21 attractions. Architecture photographer Nigel Green has photographed all the  CHALKUP21 architecture and public art works for the CHALKUP21 website launched in January 2018.  A series of  drawing workshops at each of the trail sites, led by Marcia Teusink, will take place between November 2017 and  October 2018. These and other artists responses to the trail can be viewed under ARTIST RESPONSES on

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CHALKUP21 was awarded £57,050 of funding from Arts Council England and a further £24,000 from local partners:National Trails, Kent County Council Arts Investment Fund, Dover Big Local,The Bay Trust, Eurotunnnel, Dover Town Council, Kent County Council Members Grant and the White Cliffs Countryside Tourism Alliance to develop the project with additional support from The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, The National Trust, The Port of Dover, The Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover District Council and South Eastern.

Dover Arts Development worked closely with architect Charles Holland, Dover’s Destination Manager Diederik Smet, the North Downs Way National Trail Manager Peter Morris, PR co-ordinator Alice Bryant and graphic designer Edda Jones on the CHALKUP21 project.

There are interviews with many of those involved in the project in the INTERVIEW SECTION of

The project ran from April 2017 until December 2018.
Evaluation report from Chris Yates here

Updates to the project can be found on the right of the project page on screens or underneath on mobile phones.

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