Mowlem Building has secured a major £10 million contract to extend one of Coventry's largest car parks - Leigh Mills - as part of the Belgrade Plaza scheme.
Belgrade Plaza will see the creation of a gateway to the city centre with new apartments, retail and leisure space as well as hotels and a casino.
The total cost of the scheme is £100 million with the five-storey extension of the car park being the first major work which will be complete by autumn 2006. Mowlem is undertaking the project from its Wolverhampton office. Belgrade Plaza is expected to be complete by 2008.
Mike Jones, of Oakmoor Deeley - the developers behind the scheme - said: "This phase is the first physical sign that the scheme is off the ground.
"The development has been talked about for some time because it is so significant to the future of the city centre, but it is great that we can see concrete steps being taken to get the project underway.
"Mowlem is one of the most experienced contractors in the UK and we are delighted to have them on board to carry out the work on Leigh Mills.
"It is the first step in what will be a three year programme to transform that area of Coventry."
Externally the car park will be served by a new access and egress ramp off the ring road. Most of the paved perimeter will see numerous adjustments in readiness for the further phases of the development.
Work starts soon to prepare the existing structure for the extension.
Mowlem's Chris Byrne said: "Belgrade Plaza is a landmark scheme in the Midlands and is attracting major national interest. The Leigh Mills Car Park phase is vital to the whole scheme and Mowlem is delighted to be the chosen contractor."