Center Parcs Woburn Forest
Bailey’s soffits and fascia trim stunning Subtropical Swimming Paradise
Center Parcs is renowned for its swimming pools, turning children and adults alike into water babies with lots of water experiences to enjoy amongst lush tropical plants. Bailey was thrilled to have contributed to the design and build of the water adventure destination at Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.
Nestled in the heart of the forest, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise building at Woburn Forest blends into the woodland environment. A contributing factor to the building’s beautiful design is Bailey’s curved fascia, which wraps around the curtain wall and consists of approximately 80 curved panels, ranging in size from 1500mm to 3000mm in length. Bailey’s soffits create the inner curved effect of the frame and are arched in elevation to visually open up the frame. Sub-contractors, Metclad, fitted the Bailey fascia and soffits.
Designed by Holder Mathias Architects, the brief provided by Center Parcs was to design a modern but emotionally warm building, hence the curved effect of the exterior, which welcomes guests in. Bailey’s high-quality, design-led products, partnered with expert advice and installation information, helped Holder Mathias architects achieve the modern but timeless quality indicative of the Center Parcs brand.
Speaking about Bailey’s products, Holder Mathias’ Associate Director, David Gallimore, commented:
“The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is one of the most operationally sophisticated and intensively serviced buildings within the Center Parcs village. Probably one of its most complex elements is the eaves and fascia, which is curved in plan and elevation, but also sloping in sections as it connects the standing seam roofing to the curtain walling.
“Main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland and their cladding contractor Metclad shared our view of how important this challenging three-dimensional assembly was going to be to the success of the building. It was a good decision to turn to Bailey for their bespoke fascia and soffit system as we needed products that would stand the test of time and accurately form the shape to deliver an eye-catching frame for the glass wall.”
Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer from Center Parcs said:
“The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is the crown jewel of the village, hidden lower than the forest canopy to blend into the woodland with a majestic design. From the moment the first guests starting arriving at Woburn Forest, they would walk around the corner of the path leading up to the building and be totally in awe of it. About 90% of families on a short break visit the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and it’s so important to us that it looks perfect and provides an amazing setting for family water adventures for many years to come.”
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