Machiels Building Solutions to build 401 holiday cottages at Germany's largest Center Parcs resort

Timber-frame construction specialist Machiels Building Solutions is celebrating after securing the biggest order in its history. The Genk-based firm has signed a contract with Center Parcs (part of the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group) to produce and assemble 401 holiday cottages at the Park Allgäu resort in southern Germany, which is scheduled to open in late 2018.

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For a Belgian company to be involved in building Germany's largest holiday park is an achievement of which General Manager Filip Vercauteren is justifiably proud: "In early June, we manufactured the first two demo bungalows at our production plant in Genk. The cottages are supplied as 2D elements complete with PVC exterior joinery and a thermally modified wood façade finish. The prefabricated bathrooms, staircases, open fireplaces and roofing components are then assembled on site at Park Allgäu so that we can assess how the cottages actually look and feel in their real-life green surroundings."

Construction work on the 401 cottages officially got under way in August 2017. They are being produced in Genk and assembled in Germany at the rate of two per day, an ambitious but necessary pace as Center Parcs aims to open the park in the last quarter of 2018.

Biggest ever project

The contract is a cause of celebration for everyone at the company, not least Chairman of the Board of Directors Louis Machiels: "This is the biggest project in Machiels Building Solutions' short history, involving approximately 100,000 m2 of walls and roofing. The order cements our ambition to become the go-to construction partner for holiday park cottages, as well as other building projects."

50 new jobs

Among other benefits, the holiday park contract is having a positive impact on employment at Machiels Building Solutions.

"We already have the biggest industrial production capacity for timber-frame construction in the Benelux countries", says Filip Vercauteren. "Our production lines can manufacture large quantities of timber-frame construction components in a short period, with quality guaranteed, meaning we can successfully handle large-scale contracts such as these. Moreover, we are substantially expanding our current workforce by hiring and training 50 additional production workers. Our other customers can therefore rest assured we have more than enough production capacity set aside for current and future projects."