Fruit Of The Forest


Centre Parcs Longford Forest, County Longford

Sarah Halpin writes:

The first lodge has been completed at Center Parcs Longford Forest, marking a key milestone in the resort’s development as it prepares to open its doors to Irish families in summer 2019. The Woodland Lodge is the first of 466 lodges to be completed in the unique and beautiful forest.

it is expected that three lodges will be completed per day going forward, with 850,000 hours of labour predicted to be spent building and completing the accommodation in advance of the opening in 2019.

Lodges will be clad with 300km of certified timber and 4,600 doors and 3,200 windows will be installed prior to the build being finalised…

In faIirness

Why can’t we do that?

Centre Parcs Longford Forest

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21 thoughts on “Fruit Of The Forest

  1. Brother Barnabas

    i like when they install the windows and doors prior to the houses being finished

  2. Anomanomanom

    How dare you suggest we build “sheds”. Even though suitable, cheaper, fast to build and completely able to sort a housing crisis be it long or short term. I mean who wouldn’t prefer to have their family in a cramped hotel room over one of these “sheds”.

    1. SOQ

      I know someone who lives in a wooden house in the middle of a row bought off the plans in Dublin 8. It may just be bad building, of which there was a lot, but the noise carries like mad. At night time you can actually hear the neighbours snoring, and that’s not all.

      It may just be lack of sound insulation but I suspect it is a bit more structural because wood will carry vibrations and even someone next door going up or down stairs will rattle the ornaments. I certainly wouldn’t want to live in something like that.

      1. Anomanomanom

        So like most apartments. The first apartment we rented we could hear next door and upstairs actually peeing. And I’m not joking. But I’d much rather a decently built wooden chalet over a hotel room anyday.

        1. SOQ

          I know most recent apartments were thrown up too and I have lived in a few myself but this was definitely much worse. These are houses not apartments so the noise is transferring side ways, not just up and down.

          Pre 68 houses have a similar problem where the whole ceiling moves because of wooden beams but in this case, it is actually the whole house that vibrates. Masonry has a distinct advantage because it does not move or vibrate in the same way. Of course there are sound reduction measures like double walls and mineral wool filling in between which can be taken, but I doubt if they ever are.

          I strongly disagree with planning standards being lowered because of a crisis. The same excuse is used for the proposal of St Micheals in Inchicore. Packing them in like sardines with no consideration given to the local area or existing communities, is a recipe for disaster.

  3. Holden MaGroin

    “In faIirness”

    C’mon Bodger. I’m going to have to dock you marks for spelling. Are you running these through a spell check before publishing?

      1. Holden MaGroin

        I actually don’t even know what noun I “verbed”.

        That’s bad. Which was it BB?

  4. baz

    233 per year over 2 years and some dimwit is asking why cant ‘we’ do that?

    Try getting out Sarah, I see thousands of new homes under construction on my travels around the greater Dublin area. New Estates with hundreds of homes, small villages where as many as 600-800 houses are/will be delivered over 3 years.

    1. Termagant

      And how much will they cost, baz? And how long until they’re built? And in how much negative equity will they leave people when the next inevitable crash comes along?

      1. baz

        cost? of course, only fools think anything is actually free. But do not forget that Part V provisions mean that anyone buying a new home has effectively also contributed to the provision of social housing.
        In Ireland, those that scrape and scurry to provide for themselves pay stealth taxes via part V.

        Thousands of homes are being built right now and thousands already being lived in, get on a bus or a train and visit places like Adamstown, Lucan, Maynooth, Kilcock, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Ashtown, Ongar, Stepaside where homebuilders have been very busy for the last 2 or 3 years.

        Negative equity? hah! surely only the concern of a profiteer, now you’ve revealed your true heart. If you have your own home and you intend living there for the longterm NE will not affect you.
        Caveat emptor.

    2. Jeffrey

      “where as many as 600-800 houses are/will be delivered over 3 years.”

      Those homes will be un-affordable to most, this is not the answer.

  5. BobbyJ

    “small villages where as many as 600-800 houses are/will be delivered over 3 years”

    Planning, Irish style

    1. baz

      Whats wrong with planned development of areas with the required infrastructure and facilities for modern living? for example Dundrum was once a small village, so what is your point except from some apparent self hate?

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