Center Parcs set to begin construction of holiday village at WoburnMar 01, 2012
Woburn Forest holiday village – Center Parcs’ fifth in the UK – is due to open in Spring 2014.
The 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.
Business leaders say the Center Parcs plan will be a major job creator for Bedfordshire. The project is expected to create more than 1,200 jobs during the construction phase and a further 1,500 once the holiday village opens.
Center Parcs and owners Blackstone have secured £250 million of funding to begin the construction work. Chief executive officer Martin Dalby said “We are delighted to be moving on to the next stage of this project, and to have a definite opening date of Spring 2014."
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.
John Cridland, director general of employers organisation the CBI, said: “I have no doubt that this major investment will prove to be a substantial job creator for the area in the coming years.
“It is welcome that Center Parcs is building a new site in Bedfordshire. With services making up three quarters of our economy, it is vital that we continue to attract and encourage investment into sectors such as leisure, so this is a significant development.
Prime Minister David Cameron has also backed the development. He said: “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.”