Wates Construction has won a £75m contract from the University of Cambridge, UK, for centrally located buildings inside the North West Cambridge Development.
Under the contract, the developer will be responsible for the construction of 264 apartments for key workers at the University.
Wates will also develop local shop units that have been designed by RIBA Stirling Prize winners, Stanton Williams Architects.
The shop units will be set around a market square designed by landscape architects Townshends.
The contract is the final one to be awarded for the first phase of the development scheme, which is aimed to create a new neighbourhood.
Spanning across a 150ha area, the scheme will offer 3,000 new homes and accommodation for 2,000 post-graduate students.
Construction works under the scheme are already in progress, including Bam's construction of university homes, the supermarket and energy centre, and Graham Construction developing the post-graduate student accommodation.
Farrans is responsible for setting up the community centre, for which works had been initiated in September.
An entire primary school building is also included under the neighbourhood development scheme, which is expected to be completed by Willmott Dixon by the end of the year.