Center Parcs awards first major contract to start construction works

Digital image of the look of the exterior of Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest with lake in front of it

23 February 2017

Center Parcs awards first major contract to Roadbridge to start contruction works in May 2017

Center Parcs awards first major contract to Roadbridge to start construction works in May 2017

Center Parcs has announced that it has awarded its first major contract to Limerick-based Roadbridge Civil Engineering & Building Contractors.

This comes following a competitive tendering process for the Center Parcs Longford Forest holiday village. The key infrastructural development works are part of the €233m Center Parcs Longford Forest development at Newcastle Wood in Co. Longford and are scheduled to commence in May 2017.

The infrastructure contract comprises the earthworks, road and path networks, utilities, drainage system, the lake and building platforms.

It is expected that the Center Parcs Longford Forest development will create approximately 750 jobs during the construction phase. Once open, the forest holiday village will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests and employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs.

This new development will bring together the high quality features for which Center Parcs are renowned, including up to 500 lodges, designed with families and the environment in mind, more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, a spa, a range of restaurants and cafés and the iconic Subtropical Swimming Paradise, with water rides and fun for all ages.

Commenting on the awarding of the infrastructure contract to Roadbridge, Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said: “This represents another significant milestone for Center Parcs in Ireland and I am really excited about commencing the construction phase of our project. We said from the very outset that we would be looking to work with an Irish partner to construct our new village in County Longford and I am delighted to be able to announce Roadbridge as our infrastructure contractor. The team at Roadbridge submitted an extremely credible and competitive tender for this contract and I am looking forward to working with them over the coming months”.

Speaking today, Conor Gilligan, Managing Director, Roadbridge, said: “Roadbridge are delighted to be awarded this very significant contract with Center Parcs and recognise the importance of this project to all concerned, in particular the people of Longford and surrounding region where we have delivered many successful infrastructure projects over the last 50 years. We look forward to once again integrating with the local workforce and supply chain to deliver a project that we can all be proud of.”

Roadbridge prides itself on a longstanding commitment to working with local contractors and any subcontractors who wish to be considered for the project should email Roadbridge at

The process to select contractors for the two other major pieces of work, including the main buildings and the lodges at the village, is expected to go to tender later this year.

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