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Center Parcs Woburn

In December 2004, Center Parcs announced that it had identified a location for a fifth UK site, at Warren Wood near Flitwick, Bedfordshire. Center Parcs Woburn Forest was a £250 million development, one of the largest leisure projects in the UK.

The Project

Center Parcs Woburn Forest is a £250 million development, one of the largest leisure projects in the UK.  The project includes the construction of accommodation, indoor and outdoor facilities, a sub-tropical swimming complex, restaurants and a spa.

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The Challenge

Kingspan Timber Solutions was required by the main contractor, ISG plc, to produce large volumes of high quality
structures within an exacting build programme. The heavily wooded site made access difficult for lorries and
cranes, so the panels were designed to be small and light enough to be handled by four men. Construction was
to be closed fully insulated timber panels to address the thermal requirements. The commercial team planned an
accurate delivery schedule enabling ISG to synchronise with other site suppliers.

The Solution

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Initially 625 lodges were built, with 6 spa suites, complete with a 17,000m2 lake at the centre. Kingspan Timber Solutions built a prototype lodge at its’ Bedfordshire-based factory to trial the speed and efficiency and to ensure quality.

The Kingspan site management team of 6 had early problems with snow and ice. However, working closely with ISG, they adapted the build sequence and overcame any issues to deliver the last plot by December 2013.

“The high degree of skill and expertise consistently demonstrated by the Kingspan team provided us with a great deal of confidence in the delivery of an incredibly challenging project, both in terms of scope and scale. Kingspan’s solution driven approach was an important factor in our successful relationship, and the company’s ability to plan ahead and offer us a transparent working methodology, with clearly defined processess, provided enhanced certainty in programme delivery. This made project management much more straight forward and Kingspan actively contributed to the smooth running of the programme.”

Paul Gransby, Construction Director - ISG

Center Parcs by numbers

  • sequestered CO2 in the lodges

    4000 tonnes

    sequestered CO2 in the lodges


timber frame lodges


sauna units


roof trusses

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