Business chiefs welcome opening of Center Parcs’ new Woburn Forest holiday village

Jun 06, 2014

Chamber of Commerce chairman Rod Calvert described the complex as a “great new Bedfordshire asset” and spoke of its positive impact on the local economy.

Woburn Forest, Center Parcs’ fifth UK park, is forecast to inject more than £20 million a year into the local economy. It anticipates welcoming more than 350,000 guests each year.

The park, built in Bedford Estate forest near Millbrook, is home to Center Parcs’ largest Subtropical Swimming Paradise (pictured), 625 lodges, a 75-bedroom hotel, six spa suites, restaurants, shops and leisure activities.

It has created 1,500 new jobs as well as 1,200 during ints two-year construction. “These are local jobs for local young people,” said Center Parcs chief executive Martin Dalby.

“After years of hard work, dedication and passion, we’re thrilled to be welcoming our first guests to Woburn Forest today.”

Woburn Forest has cost £250 million to realise.

Joe Baratta, global head of private equity at Center Parcs owner Blackstone, said: “When Blackstone acquired Center Parcs in 2006, the fifth Village at Woburn Forest was a dream in the midst of a lengthy, planning approval process.

"Today it is a reality, and we are very delighted to have supported this major project. It has brought jobs to the area and will provide a real boost to the local economy. Blackstone is proud of its support of this terrific British success story.” 

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