Morrison Construction, part of Galliford Try, has been selected as the main contractor for the new Lyell Centre, which will serve as the new Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS).
The building will also serve as a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences.
Under the £9.6m design and construct contract, Morrison Construction will construct and deliver the new Lyell Centre on existing vacant land within the University's Edinburgh Campus.
The facility will provide offices, research laboratory areas, aquarium laboratories and associated working areas, a central core containing welfare facilities, ancillary meeting areas, as well as external landscaped areas.
Eddie Robertson, regional director of Morrison Construction, said: "We are delighted to have been selected by Heriot-Watt University and The British Geological Survey to construct this major new project at the University's Edinburgh Campus.
"This appointment reflects our strong reputation and market presence within the education sector. We look forward to working with Heriot-Watt University and The British Geological Survey to create the top class facilities the students and staff deserve."
Construction work will commence in December and is expected to be completed in December 2015.