New tourist landmark – Center Parcs Longford Forest
A major new 395 acre holiday village surrounded by up to 400 acres of trees, wildlife and natural landscapes, is under construction for Center Parcs at Longford Forest in Ireland. The new location, which will be the sixth Center Parcs village and a first for Ireland, is near Ballymahon in County Longford, in the centre of Ireland.
The resort is expected to be built by the summer of 2019. The venue will offer more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, all year round, whatever the weather.
John Sisk & Son are carrying out the construction of the village’s 470 lodges and 30 apartments as well as the state-of-the-art centre buildings – housing the iconic Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops.
Accommodation will include Woodland Lodges with stylish open plan interiors complete with fully-equipped kitchens with microwave and dishwasher, and living rooms with sofas, flatscreen TV and log-burning fireplaces.
Executive Lodges will feature en-suite bath and shower rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances, spacious living and dining areas, double and twin bedrooms, private patio and added luxuries such as daily housekeeping services and flat screen TVs in all bedrooms.
Three-bedroom Executive Lodges will have their own private sauna, while most of the four-bedroom lodges also have a games room complete with pool table and board games.
Exclusive Lodges will feature range of luxury touches, including housekeeping service, flatscreen TVs in bedrooms, en-suites and fully-equipped kitchens, as well as private outdoor areas, complete with sun loungers.
The scheme will include the Aqua Sana Spa – a one-of-a-kind spa with over 21 different spa experiences, from hot to cold, herbal to meditative.
This Subtropical Swimming Paradise will be heated to 29.5C all year round, and will include water slides, rides and Wild Water Rapids, fountains and splash pools, as well as aqua jetting. Family Cabanas will be available for hire, complete with TV, refreshments and loungers – and there’s also a cafe and bar.
Restaurants and cafes on site will include the Rajinda Pradesh offering Far Eastern cuisine, and the Sports Café serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with big screens for watching top sporting events.
The Pancake House will serve a delicious range of sweet and savoury pancakes, and the Bella Italia will offer Italian lunches and dinners.
Speaking at the start of construction, Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son, said: “Sisk is delighted to be awarded this significant contract with Center Parcs for the construction of the state-of-the-art facilities and accommodation at the new landmark tourism development in Longford.
“We are excited to be working in partnership with Center Parcs and look forward to delivering on this innovative and challenging project.
“We also look forward to the positive impact this will have on the region and to working with all the key stakeholders.”
As water features, wave machines, flumes and splash pads raise the fun factor in swimming pools, traditional methods of disinfecting water with chlorine, cause problems for operators and customers alike. Higher water temperatures and increased turbulence in leisure pools require increased dosages of chlorine, leading to pool users complaining of burning eyes, red or itchy skin and an overpowering chlorine smell throughout the facility. In some extreme cases, the fabric of the building has been attacked by corrosive condensation.
Center Parcs demand the very best in water quality for their aquatic facilities and have utilised atg UV Technology for many years. Through FT Leisure, atg UV were selected to provide 16 x Wafer (WF) UV systems to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise project at Longford Forest, due for completion in early 2019.
At around a third of the size of comparative UV systems, and with significantly reduced maintenance space, the WF series is easy to install or retrofit into the tightest of plant rooms without compromising on performance. Currently being installed into 16 areas of the new development, these state-of-the-art UV systems are set to eliminate problem chloramines and protect bathers against itchy skin, red burning eyes and overpowering smells associated with alternative chemical methods.
Talk to atg UV’s team of UV experts today, to find out how UV can benefit your facility.