An expert team has started work at the St James's site with soil investigations and specialist geotechnical studies included in the work. The prominent 3ha site is at the southern edge of the town centre.
The planned development for this land parcel will include a 85,000 square ft Asda store, with additional shop and restaurant space, a 100-bedroom hotel, 53 affordable homes and a 600-space car park.
Councillor Frederick Scales said the commencement of the archaeological works was “a very exciting step”. He described the St James’s site as pivotal in the regeneration of the town centre.
Mr Scales said: “We continue to work closely with all our partners on this key site, and once this survey work is completed, the next step will see the demolition of the former bus depot.”
The proposal, which Dover District Council estimates could bring more than 500 jobs to the area, wassubmitted by developer Bond City and Asda and approved by planners last year.