"My work with Mike at Center Parcs on the “Atlantis” project was to create and deliver a strategy which would enable the business to both innovate and build the next generation of water rides and experiences for all its villages.
Mike organised that most of initial research was done online, this allowed us to focus our thoughts and ideas, saving both time and money. He then created the programme and agenda, project managed our visits around the world looking at first class examples, allowing us to talk with the world leading experts in this field.
Once we had agreed what we wanted, Mike project managed the execution and delivery, this involved selecting water technologists, architects, designers, cost consultants and construction companies.
He delivered the project to time and budget, and established an environment where problems could be discussed and resolved easily.
The results were both first class and amazing, the project created a long term strategy which is still being implemented by Center Parcs today, 8 years later.
The company achieved its goal, creating a unique and innovative product, thus allowing the business to remain at the forefront of leading leisure park experiences. It provided a measurable financial return to the ADR and profit, together with genuine increases in guest satisfaction scores, both of which were immediately apparent on completion of the projects."
Operations Director Center Parcs 2000-2014.
CEO Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work.
“Michael Henderson is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of water parks. From design, layout, trends, and creating fantastic experiences, to ensuring efficiency in operations and optimal revenue generation. Mike has a passion for the world of water parks, which shines though. I would certainly reach out to Aquatopia Consulting again, for inputs on future water park related projects.”
Sarah Sonne Larsen
Nordic Hotels Group
"I have worked with Mike Henderson for over ten years on a wide variety of projects at Center Parcs. The largest of these was the new village at Woburn Forest, however we also worked on several extremely complex investments in the existing villages including Elveden and Longleat.
At the larger scale Mike was instrumental in executing a strategy of moving the aquatic offer forward to keep Center Parcs ahead, whilst deploying a wealth of operational experience in bringing the new village on stream. On the existing villages Mike provided clear project leadership in achieving the same strategic objective, arguably in more challenging live environments.
Together with my team at Holder Mathias I have always enjoyed working with Mike in the constructive and collaborative environment that he is so good at creating."
Peter Gamble BSc BArch RIBA
Holder Mathias LLP
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