WORK on building the new £7 million Cowes breakwater is set to begin at Easter.
Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has revealed construction of the breakwater, to create a sheltered harbour, will be carried out in two phases.
The first phase will see the core structure of the breakwater built.
There will then be a period of consolidation to allow for settlement of the structure through to spring 2015.
Contractors will then return to Cowes to re-dress the core before completing the work during the summer of 2015.
Capt Stuart McIntosh, Cowes harbourmaster, said: "The signing of the breakwater construction contract is a significant milestone and we are really looking forward to working alongside specialist contractor, Boskalis Westminster, to finally deliver the Cowes breakwater.
"The Cowes breakwater project is CHC’s main priority because not only does it offer great opportunities for harbour users, but it will enable economic development to follow, to the benefit of the local community."