Hochtief has won the contract for the construction of Poole’s long-awaited Twin Sails Bridge.
The contractor will begin building the second harbour crossing early this summer, with work expected to take 20 months.
Six contractors put in proposals for the new bridge - which opens to the public at the start of 2012.
The other five reported bidders were Bam Nuttall, Kier Construction, Vinci UK, VolkerStevin and John Graham.
Wilkins Way in Poole will be closed from May 10 to allow work to commence on the approach road, which will link the new bridge to the junction of West Quay Road.
Jim Bright, strategic director of Borough of Poole Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to progress with the construction of the Twin Sails Bridge.
“We received extremely competitive bids from six construction companies who were keen to be involved with the project.
“Each bid scored very highly in terms of quality and cost, demonstrating the construction industry’s desire to be part of such an exciting and iconic project.
“We have a world-class bridge design which symbolises Poole’s ambition. With the appointment of Hochtief now confirmed, we have an internationally renowned partner with a strong track record in construction excellence. We are confident that Hochtief will deliver the Twin Sails Bridge project to the highest standards.”
The bridge was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, the award-winning team responsible for Gateshead’s ‘blinking eye’ Millennium Bridge and engineering and environmental consultant Gifford & Partners.