Wates Construction is the main contractor on the £30 million scheme to build a new library and student support and learning centre titled Augustine House.
The first stage of the construction project will include the geothermal ground heat recovery installation alongside piling and groundworks.
Dr Keith Gwilym, the University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Quality, said: 'The appointment of Wates Construction is another important milestone in the development of what is the University's single largest construction project since its first campus was built on North Holmes Road, Canterbury, in 1963.
“We appointed Wates because of the company's excellent track record and extensive experience.'
Andy Wall, Wates Construction's Business Unit Director for London and Kent, said: 'We believe that this facility will be a fundamental addition that will certainly create a pull for more students to attend in the future.'
Wates is currently a key contractor on 10 city academies and has a dedicated focus on future Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects.