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Fasthouse to build holiday lodges at Ireland's first Center Parcs

FastHouse has won a contract to supply and install 470 holiday lodges at the new Longford Center Parcs. Works have already begun on the 10-month building programme at the 400-acre site in Ballymahon, which will open next year.

It was awarded the deal by Ireland's largest building company, John Sisk & Son, which is the main contractor for the €233m project.

Sisk will oversee the construction of the lodges, 30 apartments and the centre buildings including Center Parcs' Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops.

Stephen Bell, managing director of FastHouse, said: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to be part of the construction of the first Center Parcs in Ireland. This is an exciting project to be part of and marks FastHouse's first major step into the 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."

Its highly automated 200,000 sq ft manufacturing facility means it can construct a set of semi-detached homes to weathertight stage in just two days.

Brian Kennedy, Sisk project director, said: "Following a detailed procurement process Sisk are delighted to award the timber frame package to FastHouse. We are looking forward to working together to deliver this exciting project."

Its production lines were also used for a number of Northern Ireland and UK house-building contracts. And following the latter projects, the company installed its third production line leading to a further recruitment drive to coincide with the introduction of a second manufacturing shift.