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Bowmer and Kirkland preferred for £90m Center Parcs job

Center Parcs has named Bowmer and Kirkland its preferred bidder to build a £90 million holiday development in Woburn Forest.

The contractor saw off competition from a shortlist including Kier, Sir Robert McAlpine and ISG Jackson.

Other firms that dropped out at an earlier stage include Balfour Beatty and Bam Construct.

The site is set to become the fifth Center Parcs Forest Holiday Village to be built in the UK after it was awarded planning by Central Bedfordshire Council early this year.

The award followed more than six years of delay after permission was initially refused by Mid Bedfordshire District Council on the grounds the project breached green belt rules.

Hazel Blears, the communities secretary at the time, overruled the decision on the grounds the economic and employment benefits outweighed the risk to the green belt.

As part of the section 106 agreement, Center Parcs agreed to improve local road junctions to smooth access to the site. It also agreed to a local employment strategy, local purchasing policy and a forest and ecology masterplan.

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