Midlands & East Anglia

Upgrading Caister Holiday Park

Founded in 1906, Caister Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk is officially Britain’s longest-running holiday park.

The park is part of the Haven Holidays chain and boasts a great location with direct access to the beach. Located between the lively resort of Great Yarmouth and the tranquil setting of the Norfolk Broads, the park is perfect for long walks and basking in the sun.

Caister Holiday Park has recently undergone a major upgrade ahead of the tourist season. The heated indoor swimming pool has been completely overhauled and a new spectator’s area and changing facility has been added, whilst further improvements include the replacement of the old carousel clubroom with a brand new play facility.

A new state-of-the-art ShowBar was also installed to help revolutionise the provision of entertainment at the Park. The ShowBar replaced the popular Neptune’s Palace nightclub that had previously existed on the site.

The project to construct the new ShowBar began in November 2011 and was completed in March 2012. Under the project, the outdated nightclub was demolished along with the remaining undeveloped former Broadlands restaurant and Cottage Inn.

The main contractor for the £2.2 million project was ELM Contracts and the architectural consultant was the Paul Robinson Partnership. Architectural practice Paul Robinson Partnership also act as partnering consultant to Bourne Leisure nationwide as well as providing CDM coordination role via sister company ARM Ltd.

Boasting a sleek and colourful design, the steel-frame ShowBar celebrates a range of exciting features including a live lounge bar with stage bars and seating for up to 750 people. A fully functional bar serves alcohol and soft drinks throughout the day and night, whilst the clever tiered floor system provides the audience with a clear view of the thrilling acts taking place on stage.

Michael Fleming, ELM Contracts, said:

“This was a great project for us to be involved with as we have already done a lot of work with Bourne Leisure. Although the project was extremely challenging due to the tight time schedule and number of people involved, we managed to pull it off in time for the opening party.

“The new ShowBar format looks fantastic and will be a central feature for the park for years to come.”

CaisterHolidayParkis one of the most popular Haven Holidays resorts. Visitors can choose from two or-three bedroom holiday homes, or the more spacious 12ft wide model that celebrates a large veranda with fantastic views. The park also offers adapted caravan-style homes with wheelchair access for disabled visitors, whilst the chalet accommodation is great for large and extended families. With a homely and comfortable layout, most of the homes are on one level; however, some have stairs to bedrooms on an upper level.

Visitors may also elect to bring their own accommodation, as a result of the amazing camping and touring facilities on offer. In total the park boasts 46 touring pitches, all of which have a reinforced grass base, grass awning and adjacent car parking space. There is a heated shower block with 9 toilets, 8 showers and a baby changing unit, shaving point and hairdryer in addition to a separate shower and toilet for disabled guests. All of the pitches are within a two minute walk of the park facilities, and dogs are welcome all year round.

ELM Contracts

Established in 1994, ELM Contracts offers a wide range of products and services to all sectors, including leisure and retail.

The company has a long-standing working relationship with architects and suppliers, which ensures top quality competitiveness and reliability. As a result, ELM Contracts is widely recognised for their ability to deliver high quality projects on time and within budget.

ELM Contracts can provide expertise, knowledge and understanding from their specialist management and design teams. The company works with clients to provide a market responsive solution that will meet the highest standards or latest trends.

The company has the necessary equipment and facilities, including a construction yard and joinery shop equipped with qualified joiners to produce top quality, bespoke products.

For more information on ELM Contracts, visit: www.elmcontracts.com

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