The £23m contract involves the demolition of an existing lecture theatre and the construction of a four-storey 11,600m2 building designed to attain a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The new facility will have research laboratories and 126 bespoke fume cupboards as well as offices.
Work is scheduled to start on site in November 2014 with practical completion after 90 weeks in July 2016.
The new facility is a public/private partnership between the university and Unilever. Unilever will move a team of its scientists onto the site from its research and development (R&D) centre for cleaning products in Port Sunlight.
BAM construction director Ged Flanagan said: “This is an exciting project with a high technical specification and we are looking forward to starting on site and working with the project team to deliver this leading research facility for the University of Liverpool.”
The university’s team includes Fairhursts Design Group (architect) Curtins (civil & structural engineer) White Young Green (building services engineer) and Turner & Townsend (cost consultant).
BAM Construction also previously built the University of Liverpool’s BioSciences building.