Contractor says experience of working on Olympic schemes such as the Velodrome will help it deliver

Center Parks Woburn Forest

Center Parks Woburn Forest

SG has pointed to its London 2012 Olympics experience after beating off competition from Kier, Leadbitter and Ardmore to secure a £61m contract from Center Parks.

The firm will build the 625-lodge accommodation element of the new Center Parcs holiday village near Woburn in Bedfordshire using off-site manufactured timber frames.

ISG has already worked for Blackstone, owner of the Center Parcs business, on its Nido student accommodation brand, delivering Nido schemes at Notting Hill and Spitalfields in London.

Bowmer & Kirkland has already won the main £90m leisure facilities contract for the development while roads and technical infrastructure are being delivered by Balfour Beatty subsidiary Birse Civils under a £26m contract.



ISG’s UK construction managing director, Craig Tatton, said the firm’s experience of working on the London 2012 Velodrome and on Olympics overlay schemes would help it deliver.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Martin Dalby, Center Parcs’ chief executive, said: “High quality accommodation is a huge part of the Center Parcs experience, so we are delighted to have signed this very important contract with ISG. We are looking forward to work commencing on our new lodges later this year.”

The work will begin in November and is expected to take 59 weeks with the two, three and four bed lodges boasting structural insulated timber wall panels and traditional tiled roofs.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest, the operator’s fifth UK village, is planned on a 365 acre site and is scheduled to open to guests in spring 2014.