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£61m Center Parcs build for ISG

14 Aug 12 ISG has secured a £61m contract to build the accommodation element of the new Center Parcs holiday village development in Bedfordshire.

ISG will build 625 lodges across the 365 acre site of Center Parcs Woburn Forest, which is scheduled to open to guests in spring 2014. It will be the operator’s fifth UK holiday park.

Starting in November, the 59-week fast-track scheme involves the construction of two-, three- and four-bed lodges, built with off-site manufactured timber frames, structural insulated timber wall panels and traditional tiled roofs.

Following the format of existing Center Parcs villages, the accommodation will be configured around woodland clusters, with linked lodges forming each cluster.

This latest win sees ISG building upon its relationship with Blackstone, owner of the Center Parcs business and the Nido student accommodation brand. Within London, the contractor has built Nido schemes at Notting Hill and Spitalfields, with the latter project valued at £120m and, at 34-storeys tall, is the world’s tallest student accommodation hall.

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 ISG’s Craig Tatton, managing director – UK Construction, said: “There has been a great deal of interest in this high profile development and I’m delighted that ISG has emerged as Center Parcs’ contractor of choice. Delivering 625 lodges across such a large site over an accelerated timeframe is a logistically challenging undertaking, especially when you factor in the restricted woodland setting and simultaneous infrastructure development works on site.

 “Our extensive experience of off-site construction and just in time delivery solutions will prove critical to the success of this scheme, as will be the adoption of direct learning from our Olympic projects, in terms of waste management implementation and fostering positive behavioural change from our workforce.”

The infrastructure is being put in by Birse Civils under a £26m contract awarded in May.

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