Carillion has won the £370 million Wolverhampton Building Schools for the Future programme.
The contractor’s education venture Inspired Spaces will rebuild or refurbish 26 secondary schools in the Black Country.
Inspired Spaces beat Interserve at the final stage of the procurement process, after the decision was ratified at a council cabinet meeting last night.
Councillor Patten said: “We have been fortunate in having two extremely good bidders to work with, each of whom have a proven track record of success.
“However Inspired Spaces has convinced us that it has the vision, determination and capacity to work with us to rebuild or refurbish all of our schools in a way that will make a significant difference to teaching, learning and the future prosperity of our city.”
All 26 schools are due for completion in 2014.