PBA has helped Center Parcs secure planning permission for a proposed 395-acre village in County Longford in the Republic of Ireland. The new location, to be known as Longford Forest and scheduled to be open by 2019, will be the sixth Center Parcs UK Limited village and a first for Ireland.
Plans include 470 lodges, 30 apartments, more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, a range of restaurants and shops, an Aqua Sana spa, and the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
PBA is a key client adviser for the project, and we are now engaged to develop the detailed design of the enabling works and off-site highway improvements, access to the village and the on-site infrastructure including major earthworks, roads, parking, drainage, and sports activities, as well structural engineering for the central facilities and ancillary buildings.
The topography and ground conditions introduce some new project challenges, with excavation of approximately 300,000 m³ to create the central sports lake and build platforms, and internal road infrastructure extending to 11 km through the sensitive forest environment. Particular care is being taken throughout the masterplanning and design process to preserve the flora and fauna, which includes stringent protection of salmon spawning grounds within the adjoining river.
PBA also has a leading role in managing the construction risks, developing the Construction and Environmental Management Plan to promote the scheme objectives and programme the mitigations measures required, and assisting the client with contract procurement.