Developer Urban Splash has been chosen for the multimillion pound regeneration of Southport seafront.
The stretch of land, known as Southport Marine Park, includes the site of the now closed Pleasureland amusement park.
Sefton Council said it was impressed by Urban Splash's idea to create a quality, eco-friendly development in the historic Merseyside resort.
A consultation will take place later this year to help devise a detailed masterplan for the site.
Urban Splash has won more than 200 industry awards and is currently working on major schemes across the north west of England.
Tony Corfield, Sefton Council's head of tourism, said: "We are delighted to have an opportunity to work with Urban Splash who have an international reputation for delivering the levels of design and quality we are determined to achieve.
"During their impressive submissions, Urban Splash has vowed to create a distinctive new attraction featuring a wide range of activities.
"The company is also keen to work with the local community to produce a quality, eco-friendly development which includes exemplary architecture and embraces our reputation as England's Classic Resort."