The roadworks at Steppingley roundabout may have caused traffic chaos for motorists - but inside the Center Parcs village workers have been busy preparing for opening next year.
The construction of the roundabout - that was one of Center Parcs’ planning obligations where permission was granted - is now complete.
And the construction of the Millbrook Center Parcs village Woburn Forest has come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of months.
It says the buildings and forest are looking good, recruitment is well underway and it is already receiving deliveries to the site in preparation for the spring.
A spokesman said: “During October, the buildings have really started to take shape.
“The Subtropical Swimming Paradise front is being glazed with the pools inside being constructed and the shape of the wild water rapids can already be seen snaking through the area in front of the building.
“The rest of the village square is now water-tight with windows and doors fitted during September and October.
“The lake and stream in this area isn’t yet full but preparations have been made for these and the bunds behind the village square have been seeded with a green carpet of grass and flowers appearing already.
“The almost full lake is already buzzing with wildlife and The Pancake House and The Plaza are also water-tight with the exteriors complete.”
A week ago, construction workers could be seen on the roof of The Plaza spreading the green compost and crushed brick before the hydro-seeding takes place creating a beautiful green roof.
All 625 lodge wall panels have been constructed with roofing almost complete.
The first lodge was completed in September and all lodge panels - made in Bedfordshire - have been delivered.
Many of the lodges are now complete but it will be a few months until they are all completely finished. Furnishings are delivered and installed closer to opening.
The Housekeeping building, Cycle Centre and Arrivals Lodge have now been handed over to Center Parcs from the contractors.
Ground services manager Ian Buck has been taking care of the forest since 2012 and before then the holiday resort firm had undertaken an Ecological Survey so it knew what wildlife lived at Woburn Forest.
Ian has been protecting the wildlife that has been on the site since before construction began and he is now seeing the fruits of his labour.
Only 12 per cent of the forest was removed when construction began and since then 20,000 local species of trees and bushes have been planted on the site.
Badger sets have been protected and the lizards have been moved to a safe area off-site until construction is complete.
Now, birds, squirrels and deer can be seen at Woburn Forest, even before construction is complete.
And contractors recently saw a deer wander past just feet away from some of the lodges.
Recruitment is also well underway too.
We now have a team of 139 people - 89 per cent within 15 miles of Woburn Forest - 63 people have started their new roles with others to follow.
Some of those who have started are actually now based at Woburn Forest.
There are still more than 1,200 people to recruit but this will be complete by February 2014.
Training and inductions started on the September 17 and have been running ever since. We have also had a presence at local recruitment events to stimulate more interest in the local area around Woburn Forest.