We are delighted to announce that we have received approval to proceed with the construction of the new UK Center Parcs Village at Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire.
Edmond Shipway will be acting as Project Manager, Cost Consultant and dealing with the FF&E procurement for the £250m development located on a 360 acre site just off Junction 13 of the M1.
The scheme comprises 625 lodges, centre buildings including swimming pools, a luxury hotel, a ground breaking spa and self contained spa suites, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and a range of food, beverage and retail outlets. This announcement follows the completion of all the requirements of planning consent, including the construction of a new roundabout at Millbrook, the diversion of Public Rights of Way and creation of new bridleways and cycle paths around the site. On the 28th February 2012, together with their owners Blackstone, Center Parcs secured the £250m funding to commence the construction phase. The principal contractors for the project will be formally announced shortly and are expected to start the major infrastructure phase of the project in the next few weeks.
The project has received backing from the Prime Minister, who recognised the economic importance of Woburn Forest, David Cameron commented
“Center Parcs is much loved by many and this new site is not only great news for holiday makers but great news for the economy too. This expansion and the jobs that it brings will be a real boost to growth and a sign of the increasing investor confidence that there is too.”
The project will be the largest commercial leisure project in the UK and on completion will set the benchmark for the UK short break holiday.