Center Parcs announces plans for significant investment in Longford Forest

  • Proposed €80m-€85m development of Center Parcs Longford Forest
  • Development driven by ‘great confidence in business and Irish domestic tourism market’
  • Project will create 250 permanent jobs and a further 300 jobs during construction
  • Plans include 200 additional lodges, including four luxury Treehouses
  • Proposed development will remain within the existing site boundary

Center Parcs has today announced its intention to submit a planning application for a significant investment to further develop its resort in County Longford.

Building on the success of the resort since opening in July 2019, Center Parcs is now planning to increase the number of lodges and further develop the existing facilities.

The proposed development is expected to create around 300 jobs during construction, with a further 250 permanent jobs on offer once operational.

The plans include the addition of 200 new lodges, including four of Center Parcs’ most luxurious accommodation – Treehouses. Hidden away within the heart of the forest, each Treehouse sleeps up to eight people and comes complete with a games den, outdoor hot tub, private parking and a dedicated Treehouse Host for the duration of the break.

Alongside the plans to increase the number of lodges, the development also proposes to extend existing facilities, including leisure facilities, restaurants and cafés, back of house facilities, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and Aqua Sana Spa. The development will remain within the existing site boundary.

Center Parcs UK & Ireland’s CEO, Martin Dalby, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing our intention to invest further in Center Parcs Longford Forest. Despite a challenging year, we have great confidence in both our business and the Irish domestic tourism market, backed up by our extremely positive forward bookings for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.

“Since we opened, Irish families have really taken Center Parcs to their heart, and we are excited to bring more visitors to this beautiful part of the country and introduce the Center Parcs concept to even more families.

“This announcement is great news for County Longford, a significant investment which will generate more local jobs, opportunities for local suppliers, consultants and contractors and a significant boost for the local and regional economy.”

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD said: “This is fantastic news for Longford and for the Midlands. Center Parcs is a really valued employer in the area. I know the company has made a huge effort to work with the local community and I’m sure that will continue with this further expansion, which will see €80m-€85m invested, 250 permanent jobs created and a further 300 during construction. I wish the team the very best of luck and thank them for their continued commitment to Ireland.”

Center Parcs will now commence detailed design and site survey work, as well as a programme of community engagement, in advance of submitting a planning application, with a target date of the end of 2021 for the submission.

Center Parcs Longford Forest opened in July 2019 to excellent reviews and has enjoyed average occupancy of 90% during peak periods, with more than 90% of guests rating their holiday as excellent or good.

  • The resort currently employs around 1,000 people, with the majority of employees living within 15km of the resort.
  • Center Parcs Longford Forest offers more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, a range of restaurants, cafés and shops, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise (with rides, flumes, rapids and children’s areas) and Aqua Sana Spa (which offers both spa days for external guests and spa sessions for guests on a Center Parcs break, as well as a range of luxurious treatments). Covid-19 restrictions may mean some of the above is currently unavailable.
  • Center Parcs Longford Forest currently has 466 lodges and 30 apartments, with capacity for up to 2,500 guests per break.
  • The resort is set in around 400 acres of woodland. Over the last 33 years, Center Parcs has exhibited a proven track record of taking commercial woodlands and, through careful forest management, transforming them into areas rich in biodiversity. Center Parcs Longford Forest has a dedicated team of Conservation Rangers who protect and nurture this beautiful woodland.
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