Berlin waterpark to invest £22 million in onsite hotel

Berlin, Germany. Image © Adam Vradenburg / Unsplash
One of the world’s largest waterparks, Tropical Islands resort near Berlin, Germany, is planning a 500-bed hotel onsite.

The £22 million investment by the resort’s operator, Spain-headquartered Parques Reunidos, will create the largest hotel on the estate.

Room range

There will be a range of guestroom types, including two- and four-bedroom family suites; double, accessible, and 36 sq m deluxe rooms.

The new building’s exterior will feature grey composite cladding and the hotel will be linked to the indoor water attractions.

Offsite construction

The room modules will be constructed offsite and will arrive on site in summer this year to be installed within two months. The hotel is due to open early 2024.

The attractions at the Tropical Islands Resort include an indoor rainforest which is home to 50,000 plants and 600 species, a beach and 1,200 sq m swimming lagoon, spa and saunas spanning 10,000 sq m, and the world’s longest double water slide.

Five storey site

Parques Reunidos awarded a £10 million+ contract for the modular accommodation to Volumetric Building Companies (VBC). The deal with the modular building specialist is for the modular manufacture, furniture production, offsite fitting out and installation of five storeys of guestrooms. VBC will install these on a concrete podium which accommodates the hotel’s public areas and guest amenities.

In addition to the manufacture of 155 steel-framed hotel modules, VBC’s contract includes production of a full range of bespoke, contemporary furniture for the guest rooms at its factory in Poland – from beds and sofa beds to shelving, bathroom vanity units, and wood and glass partitions between the main bedrooms and bathrooms.

Reducing environmental impact

Wouter Dekkers, corporate development director at Parques Reunidos, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with VBC on this scheme. Their longstanding, specialist experience in hotel construction will help us to create a really fantastic facility for Tropical Islands.

“The use of an offsite manufacturing solution for the guestrooms will significantly reduce disruption to our existing operations and guests during the build phase. The hotel’s modular construction will also have much less environmental impact – fewer vehicle movements through the park, less material waste, and the reduced carbon footprint of the steel structure.”

German first

Wojciech Chyrek, European commercial director at VBC added: “We are thrilled to be awarded our first modular project in Germany. Our offsite solutions have been widely used in the UK and globally, and the advantages of our approach to hotel construction are clear.

“We work to stringent and consistent factory quality standards and can help hotel operators achieve earlier occupation and a faster return on investment with our reduced programme times compared to in-situ construction. We are looking forward to developing a long-term strategic partnership with Parques Reunidos.”