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First Center Parcs contract awarded to local company

Press Release   •   Feb 25, 2011 00:00 GMT

Center Parcs is delighted to announce that it has signed an agreement with Central Bedfordshire Council to commence the construction of a roundabout near the site of its proposed holiday village at Millbrook in Bedfordshire. The contract has been awarded to locally based Civil Engineering Company Miletree Construction from Milton Keynes.

The construction of the roundabout at the junction of Fordfield Road and the A507 will provide much needed improvements to the local road network and ultimately will provide safe access to the new Center Parcs holiday village which is due to open in 2013.

The contract also includes the construction of the first 30 metres of the entrance road off Fordfield Road and a new cycle path which will run from that entrance through to Ampthill, which includes an equestrian/cycle signal controlled crossing of the A507.

Center Parcs Chief Executive Martin Dalby said “We are delighted to be able to offer the contract to a local company, this is a significant milestone as it takes us one step closer to bringing Center Parcs to Bedfordshire. Perhaps more importantly it is great news for the local community who will finally get much needed traffic improvements at what is a very dangerous junction”.

Robin King Construction Director at Miletree said “Miletree Construction are very proud to have been chosen by Center Parcs to undertake these works: as a local business it is both encouraging and exciting to be part of a Project that on completion, will bring pleasure to many users and also local improvements to our community”.

Contact information

Simon Kay, PR Manager

Telephone: 01623 821722

Email: simon.kay@centerparcs.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row