A firm has been appointed by the Environment Agency to deliver the £12m Flood Alleviation Scheme in Morpeth.
Birse Civils, a Balfour Beatty brand, has been chosen to carry out the programme under the Environment Agency’s National Contractors Framework.
The new and refurbished flood defences in the town will be combined with the construction of an upstream storage reservoir to offer protection from flooding.
Morpeth has experienced two extreme floods in the last 50 years.
In 2008, more than 1,000 properties were flooded.
And since 2008, a number of smaller floods have also damaged residential properties in the town.
The works include the construction of flood walls and embankments and the extension and refurbishment of existing defences.
There will also be work to construct an earth embankment to store flood water, as well as tree poles and ancillary access works upstream of Lowford Bridge.
Work is due to be completed by autumn 2014.