The wall which is currently closed off requires a considerable amount of work, including installation of new concrete 'L sections,' drainage works, facing and reinstatement of the promenade, grass verge and rear wall.
The facing will be reclaimed from the existing wall wherever possible.
Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: "I'm really pleased to see that the works will be starting shortly. I know it's been frustrating for many people that this section has been closed off for a considerable length of time, but equally it's gratifying to know that we've found the right contractor who will carry out the works to the standard that Kingsbridge deserves."
While the work is being carried out there will be some reduction in the number of car parking spaces at the town end of the Quay Car Park; however access to the leisure centre and slipway will be unaffected. This reduction will be for the duration of the works only.
Several small trees will also need to be removed as part of the works; however the contractor has been working closely with the Tree Officer at South Hams District Council, and the trees will be replaced once the works are completed.
Cllr Anne Balkwill, Kingsbridge Town Mayor, said: "These essential Quay wall works are welcomed and means the whole Quayside footpath will be re-opened".
The Contractor for the works is Landmarc, and the works are expected to be completed by spring next year. The operations are planned for this period so as not to impact in the busy late spring and summer seasons. South Hams District Council will be working closely with Landmarc to try and accelerate the programme where possible.