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Center Parcs awards first major contract to Roadbridge -Start of construction works to commence in May 2017-

Press release   •   Feb 23, 2017 09:34 GMT

-Start of construction works to commence in May 2017-

Thursday, 23rd February 2017 - Center Parcs today announced that it had 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.

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 fifty 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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Center Parcs

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Center Parcs Press Office – 0044 (0)1623 821733


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Notes to Editors

Roadbridge Civil Engineering & Building Contractors

Founded in Limerick in 1967, and operating in Ireland, United Kingdom, Poland, South Pacific and the Middle East, Roadbridge is a leader in Civil Engineering. Roadbridge has the experience, capability and a proven track record in delivering major projects across a range of sectors to the highest standards for clients, in the renewables and energy, utilities, commercial, industrial, waste management and leisure sectors.

Center Parcs

Center Parcs operates five short break destinations across the UK:Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest, Suffolk;Longleat Forest, Wiltshire;Whinfell Forest, Cumbria and Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.Each Center Parcs is nestled within around 400 acres of protected and enhanced woodland, with the Village designed to complement and work with the forest environment.

Our vision to bring new and unique family breaks to Ireland is now becoming a reality, with Longford Forest set to open its doors in summer 2019. Our forest resort, at just under 400 acres in Longford Forest will include 470 luxury lodges and 30 stylish apartments which will accommodate up to 2,500 guests in a safe, peaceful, and car-free environment. Our guests will be able to enjoy more than 100 family activities – both indoors and out – a range of restaurants and shops, and our famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which will be Ireland’s biggest and most impressive water park ever. Something to do for everyone in the family, whatever the weather. With miles of beautiful forest to explore, guests will choose how to spend their time – filled with activities or simply taking life slowly and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

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