With the opening of Woburn Forest just around the corner, the project hits two major milestones this month.
The first lodges are being handed over to Center Parcs from the contractors and a third of the total Woburn Forest team are due to be recruited before Christmas.
The firm has revealed that 21 months into the construction of the new Center Parcs, the buildings are water-tight, recruitment and training is well underway and the forest is thriving as a result of the work of a Ground Services Manager employed by Center Parcs.
So far, the Housekeeping building, Technical Services, Arrivals Lodge have been handed to Center Parcs with 50 lodges to follow next week.
Positions at the new Center Parcs have been offered to 251 people, 92 per cent of whom live within 15 miles of the site, and a further 260 individuals will be recruited before Christmas.
Wayne Matton, Woburn Forest General Manager said: “It’s a hive of activity on site at the moment with shops and restaurants being fitted out and the lodges being handed over weekly.
“Our team will be 500 strong by Christmas with a further 1,000 team members joining between January and March.
“What has been a construction site for more than a year now has finally started feeling more like a Center Parcs Village.
“I am so proud of the Woburn Forest team for all their hard work and their enthusiasm for the task ahead.
“There is a real sense of excitement in the air, we can’t wait until the Village is finished so we can start welcoming guests”.
Between Christmas and opening, all buildings will be fitted-out, furnished and handed over to Center Parcs.
There will be 1,500 staff at the village by the spring and opening is on schedule for spring 2014.