Team Van Oord is to begin work on a £30M flood defence scheme in Exeter.
During phase 1, the consortium - consisting of Van Oord, Kier Group, Mackley Construction and Royal HaskoningDHV - will deepen the existing Trew’s flood relief channel.
They will lower the side spill weir at the top of the channel, and remove the check weir at the downstream end, to further increase capacity.
A meandering stream will be created through the centre of the flood relief channel to improve the habitat for wildlife.
Public events were held in July 2014 to show the proposed designs for phase 2 of the scheme and seek views on the options presented.
Central government has provided £6M for the scheme, while Exeter City Council and Devon County Council are each contributing £3M.
It is estimated the scheme will provide £200M of direct economic benefit to Exeter.