Kier has won a deal to build the £28m Liverpool International College, which forms part of the city’s £1bn Knowledge Quarter regeneration.
Kaplan International has chosen the contractor to build a 13-storey student accommodation block housing 259 beds, as well as a three-storey college building on the site that formerly housed the Archbishop Blanch School.
The new college, which will include teaching space for up to 900 students, will be partnered with the University of Liverpool.
The contractor has started on site and is due to complete the project by September 2019.
It is Kier’s second major education project in the city, having recently completed the Sensor City research building for Liverpool John Moores University.
Kier Construction Northern managing director John O’Callaghan said: “We’re thrilled to be delivering this exciting scheme, which will provide important facilities for students in the heart of Liverpool.
“We’re looking forward to working with Kaplan International, using our team’s experience and expertise in similar projects to deliver a quality, high-profile project to be proud of.”
Knowledge Quarter Liverpool chief executive Colin Sinclair said: “We are thrilled to see this level of investment happening in the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool Mayoral Development Zone.
“It further proves that collaboration between the city, universities and the private sector can lead to world-class innovation, create jobs and improve lives.”
Other contractors to work on the £1bn Knowledge Quarter development include Morgan Sindall, which won a £35m design-and-build deal for the Royal College of Physicians’ Northern Centre of Excellence in January this year, as well as delivering a £12m early works package on the site.