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Center Parcs Woburn Forest site receives Considerate Constructors' approval

Press release   •   Dec 04, 2012 00:00 GMT

Following a site visit from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Monitor in October 2012, the Birse Civils managed Center Parcs Woburn Forest site has been awarded a 90% (36/40), ‘high level beyond compliance’ rating with the Scheme.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a national initiative set up by the construction industry to monitor registered sites against a Code of Considerate Practice. The Scheme covers all areas of construction including the general public, the workforce and the environment.

Since starting on site in May 2012, Birse Civils has introduced a number of measures to ensure the site is as considerate and sensitive to the local area as possible. This includes writing to local residents and councillors to ensure they are kept up to date on the site’s progress, diverting public footpaths, protecting animals and plants on site, as well as installing and using eco cabins. Furthermore, Birse Civils has worked hard to ensure the site is as aesthetically pleasing as possible from the outside and that it is safe and secure.

Noel Johnston, Considerate Constructors Monitor said of the site:

“It is an excellent, well managed site which is engaging with the local community and demonstrating a very high level of compliance with all sections of the CCS Code of Practice. I look forward to future developments relating to the site.”

Alan Jones Birse Civils Public Liaison Officer said: “To achieve this score, particularly on a first visit is in itself a remarkable achievement and one in which we can justifiably be proud. We will not be resting on our laurels and will continue to strive to be a considerate constructor not only to our own colleagues but also to the people, plants and animals in the local area and further a-field”.

Construction of Center Parcs Woburn Forest started in May 2012 with Birse Civils responsible for managing the site and infrastructure. Woburn Forest is due for completion in 2014.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer

Telephone: 01623 821723


Sustainability facts and figures

Committed to enhancing the forest and wider environment, Center Parcs aims to be one of the leading sustainable ‘Large Scale Tourist Destinations’ in the UK.  The Center Parcs Sustainability Strategy, launched in 2011, promises to reduce Center Parcs carbon emissions by 20% and produce 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.  Center Parcs currently uses a variety of different energy saving choices including:

  • New and refreshed accommodation projects have included environmentally efficient technology such as:
    • Ground source heating
    • Solar panels
    • Photovoltaic
    • Combined heat and power plants
    • Energy-saving LED lighting
    • Water-efficient showers
    • Low-energy kitchen appliances
    • Intelligent thermostats
  • Electric vehicle fleet for housekeeping and technical services

Center Parcs is investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies - such as District Heating - to achieve the aim of consuming 25% less than the average existing Center Parcs village. 

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