High-profile, 13,500-seat stadium is set to complete in 2012

Bam Construct has seen off rivals to win the £55m contract to build the Leeds Arena.

Sir Robert McAlpine, Bovis Lend Lease and Laing O’Rourke have lost out on the high-profile contract, which is scheduled to start later this year.

Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds council, said: “We received huge amounts of interest from contractors and the standards of submissions were extremely high.

“This shows the prestigious nature of this development and it is fantastic that we now have one of the very best contractors working on it.”

The 13,500-seat stadium is set to be complete by 2012.