Mace has been named as the main contractor on the £200m regeneration of Bracknell town centre.
The contractor has been chosen for phase two of the scheme by the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership - a joint venture between Legal & General Capital and Schroder UK Property Fund.
The project will feature 580,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure space, a 1,300-space multi-storey car park as well as new public space.
A vacant eight-storey office block, Eagle House, will also be converted from offices to flats.
Mace was shortlisted for the scheme along with Sir Robert McAlpine and Brookfield Multiplex, according to Glenigan.
Preparatory earthworks will begin next month, with foundations to start in spring and steel works to follow in June.
The scheme is set to open in 2017.
Mace COO Gareth Lewis said the company has a “strong track record locally”, having completed the construction of Garth Hill College in 2011.
“We’re pleased to be working again with both Legal & General and Schroders.
“The regeneration project will have a positive impact on Bracknell and local community and we can’t wait to get started,” he said.
The first phase of the regeneration saw the demolition of Winchester House, which was replaced by a 36,000 sq ft Waitrose store.
The ground breaking ceremony features, from left to right: Mark Fenwick, chairman of Fenwick department stores; councillor Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council; Nigel Wilson, chief executive of Legal & General (in the digger); Gareth Lewis, chief operating officer for construction at Mace; James Lass, fund manager at Schroder UK Property Fund; Hugo Fenwick, Fenwick department stores.