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Balfour Beatty wins infra works on £250m Center Parcs scheme

Balfour Beatty subsidiary Birse has won a £26 million contract to build infrastructure - including lakes, road and cycle parks and an energy centre - at the £250m Center Parcs development.

Birse Civils has won the ‘roads and technical infrastructure’ contract for Center Parcs - one of three separate contracts the park is awarding at the £250m Woburn Forest project - its fifth holiday village in the UK, which is due to open in spring 2014.

The Birse contract involves major infrastructure works within a forest habitat and includes the delivery of a new environmentally-friendly energy centre using innovative modular construction techniques, to minimise the environmental impact of the work.

The works also include construction of all lakes, roads, footpaths, boardwalks, car and cycle parks, lodge platforms, a district heating system, drainage and street lighting.

Birse Civils will also carry out all utilities’ distribution, bulk earthworks and attendance on statutory undertakings, as well as managing site logistics for the entire construction project, interfacing with the other contractors, as yet to be appointed, who will be constructing the centre buildings, lodges and ancillary buildings.

Contractors are currently also competing for a £60m contract fo build 625 new lodges and a £90m contract for the leisure buildings.

CN has reported previously that Bowmer & Kirkland was selected for the £90m contract, ahead of Kier, Sir Robert McAlpine and ISG.

Meanwhile, Kier, ISG, Ardmore and Leadbitter are understood to be competing for the lodges contract.

Center Parcs said the lodges contract and leisure buildings contract will be awarded in the next 3 months.

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