Covering 150 hectares, the £1 billion North West Cambridge development will combine residential housing, academic and research facilities, a local centre and public amenities that will energise the local economy.
The Skanska contract involves earthworks, drainage, building roads and a temporary junction and installing a 4.5km security fence.
The development includes substantial investment in 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 £1.5 million contract marks an important milestone in the operational delivery phase of the North West Cambridge development.”
Skanska’s managing director, Deirdre Murphy, commented: “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.”
The works will start immediately and should be complete at the end of January 2014.