Limavady firm to supply holiday lodges to Center Parcs

FastHouse will supply 470 holiday lodges at the new Center Parcs in Longford. Pictured at the site are Stephen Bell, FastHouse managing director; Alan Gammon, Jackson Design Associates; Kevin Lagan, FastHouse; Brian Kennedy and Cormac Fitzpatrick, Sisk.
Gareth McKeown

A LIMAVADY manufacturer has won a major contract to supply 470 holiday lodges at the eagerly-awaited Center Parcs in Longford.

FastHouse has won the deal to manufacture and install the lodges at Center Parc's first Irish resort and work has already begun on the 10-month build programme at the 400-acre Longford Forest site in Ballymahon.

FasHouse was awarded the deal by Ireland’s largest building company, John Sisk & Son, which is the main contractor of the €233m project. Sisk will oversee the construction of the lodges, 30 apartments and the centre buildings, including the iconic Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops.

The holiday village is due to open to the public next year.

FastHouse managing director, Stephen Bell said the company is delighted to be part of the exciting project, which marks the firm's first major step into the southern Irish market.

“We have already completed numerous housing projects throughout Northern Ireland and England over the past 15 months and Ireland will now be a core market for the company across our modular housing and leisure lodge products."

The contract win represents the culmination of a successful 12 months for FastHouse. Last March the company completed its first high profile project – the manufacture and installation of 14 holiday lodges at the award-winning Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Spa in Enniskillen. Following on from that the firm's production lines were utilised for a number of Northern Ireland and UK house-building contracts. Such has been the growth of the company, it has installed its third production line, leading to a further recruitment drive to coincide with the introduction of a second manufacturing shift. By April the business will hire an additional 30 staff to bolster its current team of 60.

FastHouse manufactures modular open and closed panel timber frame systems for the construction industry. Its highly automated manufacturing facility extends to 200,000 sq ft with FastHouse’s closed panel product its primary focus for the housing market. FastHouse’s rapid build system means it can construct a set of semi-detached homes to weathertight stage in just two days.


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