A contractor has been appointed to begin work on the revamp of Tauranga Waterfront, which can be watched from a live feed camera.

Tauranga City Council has appointed Mount Maunganui-based HEB Construction as civil works contractors for constructing the new tidal stairs, pier and pontoon at the waterfront.

The contract has a value of $2.8 million, for 49 metres of tidal stairs, a new 27 metre pier and a new 24 by 3 metre floating pontoon.

People will be able to watch the construction underway via a live feed from a camera at www.tauranga.govt.nz/accesstowater.

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Jaine Lovell-Gadd, general manager - city transformation, said an extended timeframe for construction had been agreed.

Construction will begin by the end of October. Based on current construction timeframes, assuming no significant weather-related delays, construction would be completed and the new facilities would be open to the public by Easter.

Council chief executive Garry Poole said the council was excited about moving into the last stage of the project.

A public event to open the facilities is planned for Easter. More information will be provided closer to the date on this.