A contractor has been appointed to construct South Shields' new transport interchange.
South Tyneside Council, development partner Muse Developments and Nexus have awarded the contract to Bowmer and Kirkland following a competitive tender process.
The North East-based construction firm is on site carrying out preparatory works for the interchange, which forms Phase Two of the South Shields 365 regeneration masterplan.
The company also built multi-award-winning The Word, which constituted the first phase of the £100 million scheme.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "Bowmer and Kirkland have a proven track record - not least with The Word - of successfully delivering on major projects such as this and we are delighted to have them on board again.
"This is another significant step towards making our vision for the town centre a reality.
"As a North East firm, their appointment will create job opportunities for local people and help boost the local economy."
The transport interchange will bring together a new bus interchange and relocated Metro station.
Andy Kinnear, Construction Director at Bowmer and Kirkland, said: "We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious project and to continue our fantastic working relationship with Muse and South Tyneside Council and to forge new relationships with other stakeholders.
"South Shields transport interchange is an exciting development that we look forward to completing on time and to the highest levels of quality. Being locally based we embrace any local development opportunities and will seek to promote local employment internally and through our supply chain throughout this project."
Bowmer and Kirkland will be working with the Council, Muse Developments and Nexus to construct the building, which is scheduled for completion next summer.
Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: "I'm delighted that a contractor has now been appointed for this exciting project.
"Works can now get started on the new transport interchange for South Shields, delivering a step change in the quality of the waiting facilities for bus and Metro users in the town centre."
Demolitions in the town centre are substantially complete and the site will be cleared ahead of construction starting.
David Wells, Regional Director of Muse Developments, said: "Bowmer and Kirkland were an integral part of the team for Phase One, the construction of The Word and refurbishment of the Market Place, so we're very pleased to be working with them again on the next phase of the 365 Regeneration Plan.
"The Transport Interchange is a complex project which will require the very highest standards of construction management experience so we're confident that the project is in good hands and are excited to see this ambitious plan now taking shape."
Demolition of the existing Metro station will be completed following the construction of the interchange.