FastHouse lands 470 lodge contract for Center Parcs Longford

Pictured at the new Center Parcs site are, from left, FastHouse MD Stephen Bell, Alan Gammon of Jackson Design Associates, Lagan Group chairman Kevin Lagan, and Brian Kennedy and Cormac Fitzpatrick, Sisk & Son
Pictured at the new Center Parcs site are, from left, FastHouse MD Stephen Bell, Alan Gammon of Jackson Design Associates, Lagan Group chairman Kevin Lagan, and Brian Kennedy and Cormac Fitzpatrick, Sisk & Son

Limavady based modular manufacturing firm, FastHouse, has won a major contract to build and install a total of 470 holiday lodges at the new Center Parcs location in Longford.

The firm’s installation teams have already begun work on the 10-month build programme at the 400-acre Longford Forest site in Ballymahon which is set to open in 2019.

The project will see the recruitment of 30 new staff taking the total number of employees to 90.

Established just three years ago, FastHouse 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 state-of-the-art centre buildings including the Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants, bars and shops).

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to be part of the construction of the first Center Parcs in Ireland,” said FastHouse managing director Stephen Bell.

“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.”

FastHouse manufactures modular open and closed panel timber frame systems for the construction industry with a 200,000sqft, highly automated manufacturing facility. Its main shareholder is Belfast-based Kevin Lagan, Chairman of the Lagan Group of Companies.

Its primary focus in on the housing market and the rapid build system means it can construct a set of semi-detached homes to weathertight stage in just two days.

“Following a detailed procurement process Sisk are delighted to award the timber frame package to FastHouse,” said Sisk project director Brian Kennedy.

“We are looking forward to working together to deliver this exciting project.”

The contract win represents the culmination of a very successful 12 months for FastHouse. In March 2017, 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.

Since then it has been involved in a number of house-building contracts in the province and in GB.

Such has been the growth of the company, it has installed its third production line and is to introduce a second manufacturing shift.