The £46.5m contract follows work on a research data centre, and the Teaching and Learning Building which is currently on site.

The new building will house both the School of Engineering and UKRRIN Rail Digital Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC), a centre of excellence and research for railway research on digital systems, focusing on matters such as railway control and simulation, and data integration and cyber security.

Nick Gibb, deputy managing director for Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said:

“The new School of Engineering provides a clear visual statement for the University. It will be driving interest in the STEM subjects, something that we will be supporting ourselves through the creation of opportunities for work placements.”

The relocation of the School of Engineering is part of the University’s masterplan to bring schools together on the campus creating, in this instance, an engineering hub.

Daniel Holmes, from the University of Birmingham, said:

“This new building represents a celebration of engineering and will be a centrepiece of our new engineering hub,”

“The ongoing collaborative relationship that we have with Willmott Dixon, along with the quality of delivery of their completed projects, gives us significant confidence that they will deliver this landmark building.”