The VBA consortium has secured a £36M coastal protection scheme in Essex.
The joint venture – consisting of VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins – will deliver a 5km defence from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven.
The scheme is being funded by Tendring District Council, Essex County Council and the Environment Agency. Mott MacDonald is acting as project manager.
Work is due to begin next month and complete in autumn 2015, with a break over the winter.
Tendring District Council cabinet member for environment Nick Turner said: “We now have the contractor in place to deliver this huge coastal defence scheme which residents have been longing for.
“It will get off the ground earlier than expected and will be completed in around 18 months – which is much quicker than we originally anticipated.
“Not only will residents see activity on site within weeks they will also have their vastly improved beaches and defences in place sooner than was ever thought possible.”