Ground staff at Silverdale Holiday Park in south Cumbria were praised this week after crossing the finishing line on a half-million-pound makeover of guest facilities.
The starting pistol on the project was fired on January 01 this year, and the race was on have all work completed before Easter’s guests started to arrive.
But despite setbacks caused by March’s devastating snow storms, a raft of new features at the 100-acre park was unveiled with just days to go before the target date,
They include a complete refitting of its bar and restaurant, the building of a new luxury amenities for touring guests, and the equipping of the gymnasium with the latest exercise technology.
New wildlife habitats were also created as part of a major landscaping and conservation initiative.
According to business owner Michael Holgate, the deadline was successfully beaten by a team effort involving the park’s own ground staff and local contractors.
The ground workers, said Michael, included extra new employees taken on this year at Silverdale and the five other nearby parks belonging to the Holgates Group.
They have brought the total number of staff to over 150, and all the new recruits came from nearby communities and have been offered training opportunities.
The additional ground staff, said Michael, were needed to help in a variety of roles, including putting the half-million-pound investment programme into action:
“It was a very time-critical exercise as we had only a few months when the park was less busy to complete all of the work before welcoming thousands of guests over Easter,” he said.
“We are anticipating another record year for visitor numbers and holiday home buyers, and we wanted all the new facilities in place for the new season.
“There was a lot of construction, maintenance and re-equipping work to do – but despite some very challenging weather at times, the April deadline was met.”
“We are very fortunate to be able to recruit such excellent staff from the local area, and this winter has provided them with a great crash course in holiday park management!” said Michael.
Among those joining the Holgate’s team were Michael Finch (aged 20) and Steven Sharpe (aged 19) who both live in Silverdale, and who are now enrolled on the group’s training scheme.