Skanska has been awarded a £1.5m contract to undertake enabling works for the £1bn development at North West Cambridge.
The contract involves earthworks, drainage, building roads and a temporary junction, and installing a 4.5km security fence.
Skanska managing director Deirdre Murphy said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Skanska and it’s great to be involved in the early stages of this huge development. I hope this leads to future projects for the rest of Skanska UK.”
Covering 150 hectares, the North West Cambridge development will combine residential housing, academic and research facilities, a local centre and public amenities. The development includes new publicly accessible parkland, sports pitches and open spaces.
Gavin Heaphy, construction director of the development, said: "Skanska’s appointment as principal contractor of this £1.5m contract marks an important milestone in the operational delivery phase of the North West Cambridge development.”
The works will start immediately and should be complete at the end of January 2014.