31 July 2019
Ireland – Center Parcs opened its sixth village, Center Parcs Longford Forest, on Monday 29 July 2019. PBA, now part of Stantec, has been a key adviser on the project, which will be the first Center Parcs holiday village to open in Ireland.
Set amongst 400 acres of beautiful woodland in County Longford, the village includes 466 self-catering lodges and 30 apartments. In total, the village will welcome up to 2,500 guests during each short break. The village will offer more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, including an Aqua Sana Spa and the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, Ireland’s largest indoor water park.
PBA have supported Center Parcs in the development of this new village from an early stage and our engineering input has encompassed pre-planning support through to detailed design. Our contribution to the scheme has included developing the design of the enabling works, off-site highway improvements, and site-wide infrastructure which covered major earthworks, roads, parking, and drainage. PBA also undertook the structural engineering designs for the central facilities and ancillary buildings, including the iconic pool complex.
Commenting on the opening of Center Parcs Longford Forest, Nick Patterson, Director, Buildings East, said:
“This is a great moment for everyone involved in the project. The whole team has worked hard to get to this point and it’s been a privilege for PBA to work on the creation of another holiday village with Center Parcs. The projects are always an exciting challenge and this was no different. We particularly enjoyed helping Center Parcs create a masterplan designed to preserve the local flora and fauna, including the salmon spawning grounds within the adjoining river. The result is a park that allows families to experience and explore the beautiful surroundings of the Irish countryside.”
As well as Longford Forest, PBA also provided structural and civil engineering design for the Woburn Forest holiday village which opened in 2014.
Center Parcs has invested €233m into the building of Center Parcs Longford Forest – the village has created around 750 jobs during construction and will employ up to 1,000 people in permanent positions once open.