The four-storey building will be home to the Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science. It will provide 8,000m2 of space.
Completion is scheduled for the end of 2016.
Also on the scheme are project manager BNP Paribas Real Estate, architect Penoyre and Prasad, M&E specialist Max Fordham, structural engineer Price & Myers plus Betteridge & Milsom as quantity surveyor.
Willmott Dixon has built similar facilities for universities of Cambridge, Bournemouth, Birmingham City, West London and Brighton.
Regional managing director Roger Forsdyke said: “This hub will give each of the departments their own distinct learning area that will attract students and academics keen to develop their knowledge and research using these high-tech facilities. Importantly, we’ll be bringing our experience of higher education and working in live environments on major hub projects to ensure we create a centrepiece that will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations to come.”