Sisk to build facilities and accommodation at Center Parcs Longford Forest

WCN Editorial Team 11 Dec 2017 EUROPE BUSINESS

Dublin-based construction firm John Sisk & Son has won two major contracts from Center Parcs, a European network of holiday villages, for the €233m Center Parcs Longford Forest resort in County Longford, Ireland.

The scope of the contracts involves the construction of 470 lodges, 30 apartments and centre buildings, housing the Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops.

Sisk, which won the contracts following a competitive tender process, will join current contractor Roadbridge on site in January 2018.

Construction on Center Parcs Longford Forest began earlier this year after Roadbridge, based in Limerick, broke ground on the infrastructure contract.

The contract includes earthworks, road and path networks, utilities, drainage system, building platforms and a lake.

More than 750 people are expected to be employed on site at Center Parcs Longford Forest during the construction phase.

The forest resort, due to open in 2019, will have capacity to accommodate 2,500 guests and employ 1,000 people in permanent jobs after it becomes operational.

Center Parcs CEO Martin Dalby 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.”

John Sisk & Son CEO Stephen Bowcott said: “Sisk is delighted to be awarded this significant contract with Center Parcs for the construction of the state-of-the-art facilities and accommodation at the new landmark tourism development in Longford.

“We are excited to be working in partnership with Center Parcs and look forward to delivering on this innovative and challenging project. We also look forward to the positive impact this will have on the region and to working with all the key stakeholders.”

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