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Center Parcs wins national building award for Woburn resort

Center Parcs won the award for the best large commercial building at the Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards, presented at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design. 

They made special mention of the Central Bedfordshire Council’s building control team.

LABC chief executive Paul Everall said: "This large multi-purpose project was a huge challenge for all parties. The building control team at Central Bedfordshire were involved from the early days of concept design, beginning a very successful relationship between officers, clients, designers and contractors that continued for the full duration of the project.”

Set in 362 acres of woodland, each of the Center Parcs buildings has been designed to be concealed by the forest from inside and outside the site.

The judges were impressed by the complexity of the project, which included a variety of buildings, from a subtropical swimming pool with a wave pool, long lazy river and three of the fastest flumes in the UK, to retail outlets, hotels and a conference centre.

Mr Everall said: "The Center Parcs project has been completed to a very high standard and has been a great success for the client and the people who use it.

“This has been achieved by the great commitment, skill and effort put in by a very large and diverse project team which integrated well and remained focused on producing a great outcome over a period of almost ten years."

Cllr Nigel Young, Central Bedfordshire’s executive member for regeneration, said: "We are delighted with this award, as the Center Parcs project is a success on many levels, not least as an example of the high-quality, sustainable developments that we are striving for as a council.

"It is also an illustration of the good practice and cooperation between us as a local authority and the private sector.

“As part of our visitor economy, Center Parcs sits within one of our four key business sectors, which have demonstrated significant growth, are at the heart of the area’s prosperity and all contribute towards making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work."

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