Kent County Council today put to tender an order for 102 million cubic metres of concrete, receiving 17 competitive bids before lunch.
A spokesperson for the County Surveyor's Office said at a press briefing that this would be one of England's most ambitious civil engineering projects since the construction of the Mulberry Harbours in 1944, but that his department was exceptionally well placed to succeed.
"Thanks to Folkestone's unparalleled rail links, we think that no county council is better positioned to implement the practicalities involved."
Asked whether the project would hinder trade with Europe, he replied "No. Fifteen of the tenders received so far are from France."