The 82,000 sq ft Science Centre will bring together teaching, postgraduate and staff amenities for the different departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Morgan Sindall will build a 300-seat lecture theatre adapted for science subjects, a 200-seat super-laboratory, staff offices and several specialist teaching areas.
The red brick building will replace the Bryant and Mellish Clark buildings and has been designed to complement the surrounding architecture.
The roof has also been designed to be reminiscent of traditional sheet metal roof cladding while being fitted with 200 sq. m of photovoltaic panels helping the building to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good.
Bob Ensch, area director at Morgan Sindall, said the win came after two projects for the University of Cambridge where the contractor is already on site.
The first is the £8.8m Department of Engineering. This will be a technology hub at the heart of Cambridge, providing the University of Cambridge’s brightest engineers with some of the world’s most advanced engineering laboratories. The four-storey, low-carbon and low-energy building is due to be complete in 2016.
Also Morgan Sindall is constructing the university’s £40.8m Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology facility.