John Sisk and Son has won a £49m deal to build the infrastructure for a new 10,000-home town planned outside Cambridge.
The Homes and Communities Agency chose Sisk to deliver the infrastructure for its flagship Northstowe development, earmarked for the site of the Royal Air Force’s Oakington base 10 km north of Cambridge.
The package of works includes over 4 km of road construction, including a new link road from the A14 and bespoke connections between the town and the Cambridge Guided Busway.
Other work will see infrastructure installed to support gas, water and electricity networks for the town, as well as groundworks to prepare land for a school planned for the area.
Sisk’s two-year contract is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.
The town will be directly linked to the UK’s strategic road network when the £1.5bn A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon is completed in 2020.
Five major housebuilders have been appointed to deliver 1,500 homes under phase one of the Northstowe development: Barratt, Bloor, Bovis, Linden and Taylor Wimpey.
Bloor Homes has already started building phase one of the project, with the remaining four housebuilders expected to have started on site by the end of the year.
The HCA has pledged to ensure just under half of the homes at Northstowe are affordable.
HCA strategic land general manager Terry Fuller said: “The HCA is investing to enable vital infrastructure work to take place at Northstowe and this commission is an important step, as it will unlock the delivery of much-needed new homes in an area of high housing demand.”