The two-year project will consolidate the university’s Faculty of Health & Life Science’s existing teaching and research facilities into a single new building in Coventry city centre.
The five-storey, 120,000 sq ft building on Much Park Street will link to the existing Coventry University Sports Centre. A separate two-storey energy centre will also be constructed on site to power the building.
Total cost of constructing and equipping the build is expected to be more than £60m. Completed is scheduled for 2017.
BAM Construction was awarded the contract to build the new facility in January. The same contractor also built The Hub at Coventry University, which is the social centre of student campus life, and also the Severn Trent Headquarters in Coventry city centre.
BAM Construction project manager Alan Bell said: “Coventry is a special place for BAM, where we have a lot of relationships with the university, its neighbours, and the landscape we’ve helped to change over the years. This is a special and complex building that we’ll be responsible for creating.”