Construction consultancy, Edmond Shipway, has formally marked the start of the €233 million Center Parcs Longford Forest development on which it is appointed as Project and Cost Manager and M&E Engineer, with a sod turning and tree planting event.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was joined by Center Parcs’ CEO Martin Dalby, Edmond Shipway’s Managing Director David Stevenson and Project Director Ross Crowcroft as he planted an oak tree on site on Friday. During his visit it was confirmed that the works are firmly on track for the scheduled summer 2019 opening, with the remaining lodges and central facilities buildings tenders received.
Center Parcs plans to create up to 1,000 permanent full and part-time jobs once the resort opens, in addition to the 750 temporary positions that are due to come on stream during the construction phase.Mr Varadkar said of the project: “This exciting development by Center Parcs represents a significant investment in the Irish economy, and especially in tourism. The investment is almost certainly the biggest in the region’s history.”