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Posted: Tuesday 5th March 2013

Water and wastewater solutions specialist ACWA Services is to provide a hi-tech wastewater treatment system for the new Center Parcs at Woburn Forest. The installation will be one of the most advanced, sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse plants to be constructed in the UK. The system will handle wastewater from the lodges, hotel, restaurants, pools and retail outlets on the site, treating up to 34 million litres of wastewater per month and meeting stringent Environment Agency discharge standards.

Protection and enjoyment of the natural environment is central to the Center Parcs ethos and this approach is being continued for the fifth site. Center Parcs Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire is being constructed to an exemplary level of energy efficiency and sustainability with 625 low-carbon forest lodges being built as well as 75-bedroom hotel, spa suites and spa. Woburn Forest will offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports, restaurants, retail units, a watersports lake and Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

ACWA Services Managing Director, Peter Ripley said: “We are delighted to be working on this prestigious contract with Center Parcs, helping to support its vision of a sustainable infrastructure for Woburn Forest.”

“Our systems are carefully tailored to suit client requirements, and we ourselves are strong advocates of low-carbon, low-energy, resilient solutions that minimise environmental impact and maximise green benefits. We applaud Center Parcs’ approach as the way of the future.”

Chris Brooks, Sustainability Manager at Center Parcs commented: "We are committed to ensuring all our sites maintain and protect the natural environment they are situated within. Ensuring our wastewater is treated in sustainable way is key to this and we are confident that ACWA is the right partner to deliver this for Center Parcs Woburn Forest”

The stunning forest setting is a hallmark of Center Parcs and the advanced environmental technology being installed by ACWA is designed to complement the idyllic surroundings and ensure the eco-system is protected, unaffected and it thrives as a result.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest will follow an extensive forest and ecology management plan that is carefully designed to ensure it protects and enhances the forest and all the plants and animals within it. Center Parcs has won awards for biodiversity protection in previous years for its existing sites and hopes to continue to prove that a business can be successful and work in harmony with the environment.

Construction on the Woburn Forest site will take approximately two years with a scheduled opening date of spring 2014.

Center Parcs UK Limited welcomes 1.6 million visitors at its four existing villages each year, whilst managing to achieve carbon reduction. Last year the company achieved a 7% carbon reduction and this year the company is aiming for a further 4% carbon reduction to be on track for a 20% carbon reduction by 2020.

Center Parcs has also been ranked joint number one in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Performance League Table, which ranks companies and organisations on their energy efficiency efforts.

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