The 30,000 m2 building is to be built on the site of a car park on the university campus. It will accommodate the university's artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, computing engineering and speech recognition school – known as the School of Informatics. A health centre, a seminar space, laboratories, offices and workshops will also be included in the design.
The development is part of the university's construction programme, which includes another £50m to be spent on research buildings between 2004 and 2006.
A £30m research centre for the university's medical school, designed by Glasgow architect Boswell Mitchell & Johnson, has just started on site.
The firm beat off competition from Freeland Rees Roberts Architects as well as Edward Cullinan Architects and MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard.