Balfour Beatty has won a £130M Highways England contract to build a lorry park for 3,600 vehicles.
The early contractor involvement contract is part of a £250M project. Balfour Beatty will work up initial proposals which will be subject to government approval.
The company will use building information modelling (BIM) technology for the project. At peak it will employ up to 150 construction workers. The lorry park is due to be partially open by summer next year.
The site will act as an alternative to Operation Stack, the emergency system whereby lorries are queued on the motorway when there are disruptions to channel crossings.
Balfour Beatty group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “Balfour Beatty’s expertise in major infrastructure projects and long standing relationship with Highways England will be crucial for the safe and successful delivery of this project.
“The M20 lorry area will provide much needed relief to Kent’s road networks while supporting local economic growth and development.”