Planning approved for Therme Manchester
Plans to build the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort in Manchester, in Peel L&P’s TraffordCity, were unanimously approved at a meeting of Trafford Council’s planning committee earlier this month. Therme Manchester will combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique experience never before seen in the UK. With an estimated cost in the region of £250m, it is forecast to attract up to two million visitors per year, within five years, making it the most visited water-based attraction in Europe. Global wellbeing organisation Therme Group plans to open Therme Manchester in 2023.
At 28-acres, the size of 19 football pitches, Therme Manchester will be opposite intu Trafford Centre next to Barton Square, with a Metrolink station directly outside. EventCity, which currently occupies part of the site, will be relocated and redeveloped as a state-of-the-art events venue in TraffordCity.
The central focus of the project is a two-acre wellbeing garden in the shape of a Rose, the national flower of England. This bio-diverse garden for all seasons will be an evolving work of art, with petal-shaped terraces and beautiful pools and water features. It will act as a focal point for socialising, learning and discovery.
A large family zone will include waterslides, a wave pool, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, exotic palm tree relaxation areas and dozens of other fun, relaxing and healthy activities, all in a perfect tropical environment.
A dedicated adults’ area will have warm-water lagoons among spectacular botanical gardens, swim-up bars, therapeutic mineral baths and beautifully designed steam rooms and saunas. Daily programming will include water-based fitness classes, and beautiful gardens will surround the area, creating spaces for yoga, Pilates and other activities.
Therme Manchester helps to address the vital modern-day need for physical and mental wellbeing for all, of which there is a growing awareness worldwide. It redefines the concept of wellbeing, with activities for children, adults and seniors offering both fun leisure time and the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.
Therme Manchester is the latest development in Therme Group’s global expansion programme, and the first of a number of new generation projects currently in development, including other UK locations, mainland Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region.