As construction on the €233mn Center Parcs Longford Forest resort near Ballymahon ramps up, the company has announced it had formally awarded two major construction contracts to Dublin construction firm John Sisk & Son.
The contracts for the construction of the 470 lodges and 30 apartments as well as the state-of-the-art centre buildings – housing the iconic Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops – have now been formally awarded to Sisk following a competitive tender process that concluded recently.
Sisk will join current contractors Roadbridge on site early in January 2018.
Construction on the project started earlier this year when Limerick-based firm Roadbridge broke ground on the infrastructure contract, which comprises the earthworks, road and path networks, utilities, drainage system, building platforms and the lake.
With all three of the major construction contracts now in place, employment on site at Center Parcs Longford Forest during the construction phase is likely to exceed 750 people.
The forest resort, which is due to open in 2019, will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests and employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs once operational.
Center Parcs is a network of European holiday villages founded in the Netherlands in 1968. There are five parks in the UK that receive 2.2mn visitors a year.
Center Parcs customers are repeat visitors with 35% of people coming back every year.
Each Center Parcs is nestled within around 400 acres of protected and enhanced woodland, with the Village designed to complement and work with the forest environment.
Awarding the contracts to Sisk, Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said: “The appointment of Sisk is another hugely important milestone for Center Parcs in Ireland and we are excited about working together and seeing our designs come to life.
“The next phase of the project will see an increase in the numbers of contractors on site, many of whom we expect to come from the local area.
“The positive economic impact of our project is significant and this announcement comes on the back of the news that, thanks to our presence, natural gas will be coming to County Longford.”