Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, gave the first reveal and guided tour of the €233m construction site at Newcastle Wood that will be home to Ireland’s first Center Parcs forest resort when it opens in 2019.
“We are now at full steam ahead on the build to deliver Ireland’s first Center Parcs resort here in County Longford. In little over one year, the Irish forest we are standing in now will be ringing with the sound of children enjoying a woodland break and creating treasured family memories of their first Center Parcs break.
“We now have 700 workers on site and spend levels on the construction project have reached €1million per week. We’re delighted to recently announce the awarding of supplier contracts worth €1million to family business Briody beds in Westmeath and Java Republic who will be our bespoke tea and coffee supplier,” he said.
When operational, Center Parcs Longford Forest will employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs. It is estimated that Center Parcs will add approximately €32 million to Irish GDP per annum and €1bn over the next 20 years which would have a transformative impact on the midlands economy in particular.
The resort will cater for up to 2,500 guests accommodated in up to 466 Lodges and 30 apartments, designed with families and the environment in mind. There will be more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, a luxury spa, a range of restaurants, cafés and shops and the Subtropical Swimming Paradise complete with water rides.