BOVIS Lend lease has finally won the contract to build a conference centre in the heart of Liverpool.
The £142 million complex in the Kings Waterfront area will be built in time for Liverpool's stint as European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The company beat Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert MacAlpine and Carillon to become preferred bidder in February.
But planning problems held up official awards until last week.
The arena and conference centre has been developed by regeneration agency Liverpool Vision. The city council is the main client.
Birse started work on the £13 million infrastructure works in June.