Center Parcs has submitted a planning application for a €233m holiday village in Ireland. Situated in County Longford in the Irish Midlands the application has been prepared by the team responsible for Woburn Forest, Center Parcs’ most recent village; Edmond Shipway, NTR Planning, Holder Mathias, Jackson Design, Larnaca and Peter Brett Associates together with their Irish partners ORS and EIS.
Designed to be concealed within a 395 acre site at Newcastle Woods near Ballymahon, this is the first planning application that Center Parcs UK has made abroad. The village consists of 470 lodges, 30 apartments and 21,200m2 of centre buildings including the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, sports facilities, the Aqua Sana spa, shops, restaurants and bars.
The masterplan builds on the qualities of the site whilst offering the opportunity to significantly enhance the ecological diversity of the woodland; for example by opening up glades in the forest and by creating new habitats around a new eight acre lake. Lodges are threaded into the woodland providing guests with a sense of seclusion in the forest whilst connected to the centre buildings by a network of cycle and footpaths built on the existing forest tracks. The centre buildings are designed to fit within the woodland, creating sheltered landscaped spaces for guests whilst providing a touch of drama in the design of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise overlooking the lake.
David Stevenson, project director at Edmond Shipway said:
“We are delighted Center Parcs have given us the opportunity to lead the design team again in preparing this complex planning application. Together with our colleagues at NTR Planning, Holder Mathias, Jackson Design, Larnaca, Peter Brett’s and our partners in Ireland.”