Central Bedfordshire Council takes Center stage with awards win
Central Bedfordshire Council has been praised for its work on Center Parcs after the Woburn Forest resort won a prestigious national building industry award.
At the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards, at the Lancaster Hotel in London, a panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects from around England and Wales to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design.
Center Parcs won the award for the best large commercial building, with the council's Building Control Team's getting a special mention from the Chief Executive of LABC.
Set on a site of 362 acres of woodland, each of the Center Parcs buildings has been designed to be concealed by the forest from inside and outside the site. The judges were impressed by the complexity of the project, which included a variety of buildings, from a subtropical swimming pool with a wave pool, long lazy river and three of the fastest and most exiting flumes in the UK, to retail outlets, hotels and a conference centre.
LABC Chief Executive, Paul Everall, said: "This large multi-purpose project was a huge challenge for all parties. The Building Control team at Central Bedfordshire were involved from the early days of concept design, beginning a very successful relationship between officers, clients, designers and contractors that continued for the full duration of the project.
"The Center Parcs project has been completed to a very high standard and has been a great success for the client and the people who use it. This has been achieved by the great commitment, skill and effort put in by a very large and diverse project team which integrated well and remained focused on producing a great outcome over a period of almost ten years."
Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: "We are delighted with this award, as the Center Parcs project is a success on many levels, not least as an example of the high-quality, sustainable developments that we are striving for as a council.
"It is also an illustration of the good practice and cooperation between us as a local authority and the private sector. As part of our visitor economy, Center Parcs sits within one of our four key business sectors, which have demonstrated significant growth, are at the heart of the area's prosperity and all contribute towards making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work."