Brighter future for Center Parcs

BOSSES of the fire-ravaged Center Parcs holiday village at Elveden are looking forward to a brighter future today.Managers said rebuilding will be completed for reopening in July, despite a High Court battle with the company's insurers.

BOSSES of the fire-ravaged Center Parcs holiday village at Elveden are looking forward to a brighter future today.

Managers said rebuilding will be completed for reopening in July, despite a High Court battle with the company's insurers.

More than 300 contractors have worked to rebuild the restaurants, shopping plazas and sports facilities at the forest complex since it burned to the ground last April.

Center Parcs development director Don Camilleri said:"With everybody's help and determination we will be open in July. We have been spending an average of £1m per week and everything is going to plan."


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Reconstruction is now taking shape, with a new glass pyramid on the roof above the swimming pool. Roofers are working to complete the construction of restaurants and piping to carry gas and water is already being installed.

Painters and finishers will soon arrive on site, and bookings are already building up for when the complex reopens.

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In December, Center Parcs launched a High Court compensation claim against more than 20 firms that insured the complex. It claimed they are not justified in refusing to pay for the multi-million pound rebuilding operation.

Center Parcs UK managing director Martin Dalby said: "We do have a dispute with our insurers and have issued legal proceedings against them. We will take them to court and hopefully we will get our money from them but the case in no way hinders our reopening."

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