Plans to start work on the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort, Therme Manchester, have progressed this week with preparations to clear the current EventCity site, which will allow Therme Group to build a huge, 28-acre resort opposite the Trafford Centre.
Therme Manchester will combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology, creating a unique experience “never before seen in the UK” which won’t disappoint. According to their latest update, regeneration business Peel L&P has submitted plans to Trafford Council to demolish the 28,000 square metre former EventCity conference and exhibition space on Barton Dock Road to make way for the £250m flagship Therme Manchester development.
The natural environment will be home to thousands of trees and plants, as well as a whole host of activities – with something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can expect reasonable prices, as well as a two-acre wellbeing garden, a whopping 35 waterslides, 25 pools (both indoors and outdoors!), a wave pool, 30 saunas and steam rooms and exotic relaxation areas – all under one tropical-inspired roof. Activities will be available for children, adults and the elderly.
Therme Manchester will also be home to its very own ‘urban beach’, too, where guests will be able to kick back and relax. Water lagoons and swim-up bars will be surrounded by beautiful, botanical gardens, while mineral baths, yoga sessions and fitness classes will take place elsewhere in the dynamic centre. The centre hopes to fill a gap for much-needed physical and mental well-being in modern-day life, with a tram stop just outside making it accessible for all.
As well as all of the incredible well-being resources and activities, guests will be able to enjoy a range of bars, cafes and restaurants for all occasions, focusing on healthy choices for both adults and children.
Richard Land, Chief Development Officer of Therme Group UK, has said: “Therme Group is based on a belief that wellbeing should be accessible for all. The events of 2020 have shone a light on the necessity of this mission, especially for those in cities.
“Therme Manchester will redefine city wellbeing, enhancing mental and physical health through an experience-based in water and nature. Therme Manchester will offer a unique holiday at home, that acts as a catalyst for healthy lifestyles.”
Therme Manchester is predicted to attract two million visitors annually, which will make it the most visited water-based attraction in Europe. The construction of Therme Manchester is set to begin in 2023 with a build time of approximately two years. Therme Group also has plans to expand to other cities in the UK, including London and Glasgow.
Peel L&P is also seeking planning permission to demolish the vacant former Soccerdome building at Trafford Way after a new football complex with eight, FA approved all-weather pitches and changing rooms opened this summer on a nearby three-acre plot in partnership with Fives Soccer Centre. If approved, the demolitions would start as early as the end of September/beginning of October and be complete around spring 2023.