Wates has won the race to build a £58m flagship campus for Nottingham College as part of wider plans to overhaul parts of the city.
The six-storey City Hub, close to the city’s Broadmarsh shopping centre, will include student facilities for around 2,000 people and a cafe, training restaurant, performance theatre and business hub.
Work on the site is due to start this summer and complete in 2020.
The scheme, procured via Major Works – UK as part of the Scape National Construction framework, will be sited on disused brownfield land and feature a public realm complete with green space for students and the public.
It is part of a £250m investment programme that includes the redevelopment of Nottingham’s Broadmarsh Centre, the demolition and rebuilding of Broadmarsh car park and bus station, and the remodelling of roads and pedestrian areas to boost accessibility and traffic flow.
Wates last month installed David Allen as its permanent new chief executive, Mr Allen having served as interim boss following the departure of Andrew Davies last year.
Mr Davies had been due to join Carillion before the contractor’s high-profile collapse in January.
In March, Wates reported flat annual profit after chairman James Wates admitted it had been a “challenging year”.