Bardsley Construction has won a £4.7m contract with X1 Developments to refurbish Arndale House in Liverpool's London Road into 160 student apartments.
The contractor will revamp the upper floors of the building near Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine while retaining existing retail units on the ground floor.
The project involves the refurbishment of the first and second floors to create 80 apartments and the addition of a new two-storey roof top extension to provide another 80 apartments.
The project team includes DK Architects, civil and structural engineer Sutcliffe, engineering services provider HE Simm and timber frame specialist Shire Timber.
Completion is due in time for the autumn 2013 student intake.