Bouygues has been chosen to build the latest phase of Cardiff University’s £300m innovation campus.
The contractor was chosen by the university to develop a disused railway yard at the site, which will become the centrepiece of the new Cardiff Innovation Campus at Maindy Park.
Bouygues will build two new facilities on the site: Spark, billed as the world’s first social science research park; and the Innovation Centre, which will provide a creative space for start-ups.
The selection of Bouygues comes despite Kier initially being lined up for the contract.
In December 2016, Kier was announced as preferred bidder for the scheme, valued at the time at £135m, but the contract was retendered midway through last year after Kier had completed early works.
The university said it was Bouygues’ work on similar higher education projects across Wales that led to it being picked as main contractor.
Work on the scheme will start immediately, with the Cardiff Innovation Campus expected to open in 2021.
Bouygues will be supported by consultants Arup, Jacobs and Buro Four, which are project partners on the scheme.
Bouygues regional managing director Rob Bradley said: “Our commitment to the region will ensure that this project contributes to increasing local skills, development and employment in Wales.
“We will provide a minimum of 30 work placements, create over 35 new job and apprentice opportunities, and deliver in excess of 1,685 training weeks.”