16 March 2015
CANNES - The new Center Parcs resort at Woburn Forest has beaten worldwide competition to be named ‘Best Hotel and Tourism Project’ at the 2015 MIPIM Awards.
The iconic centrepiece of the development is the “sub-tropical swimming paradise” - a 16,000 sq m pool and leisure building - which together with a 24,000 sq m sports, conference and spa complex represents a construction value of £97m.
Designed by Holder Mathias architects with advice from Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA), the entire complex is invisible from outside the site. Due to curvature of the buildings and pool configurations, the design required some creative thinking to allow for the open-plan interior space. The structure features 70-metre long timber arches, the longest in the UK, to create a vast open space above the pool hall.
PBA provided structural and civil engineering, transport, contract administration and CDMC advice for the scheme. Initial structural design work was completed by Hannah-Reed Associates before they merged with PBA in 2013.
Fergal Kelly, LLP Director at PBA, said: “This project was highly complex, and provided an excellent opportunity for Hannah Reed Associates and Peter Brett Associates to get to know each other and work together before we joined forces. We’re pleased that our hard work and collaboration has paid off with this recognition as the Best Hotel and Tourism Project in the world.”