£250m wellbeing resort gets the green light in Manchester
Plans for the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort in Manchester at Peel L&P’s TraffordCity have been unanimously approved by Trafford Council’s planning committee
Therme Manchester will combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique wellbeing resort 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.
Therme Manchester plans
At 28-acres, the size of 19 football pitches, the wellbeing resort 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.
Therme Manchester’s natural environment, with thousands of plants and trees, will be created by world-leading designers, artists, architects and engineers to achieve quality and sustainability.
The central focus of the project is a two-acre wellbeing garden in the shape of a Rose. 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.
Therme Manchester aims to address the vital modern-day need for physical and mental wellbeing for all.
A wide range of individual wellbeing treatments will be available, with programmes tailored for guests of all ages and needs.
Transform life for Manchester residents
Stelian Iacob, senior vice president of Therme Group Worldwide and CEO of Therme Group UK, said: “We are delighted that planning has been approved so we can bring the UK’s first Therme Group city wellbeing resort to Manchester.
“THIS WILL TRANSFORM LIFE FOR CITY RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE FURTHER AFIELD, CREATING A FUN AND ACCESSIBLE EXPERIENCE WITH PROFOUND HEALTH AND WELLBEING BENEFITS FOR ALL.”
Whittaker, Peel L&P group development director, commented: “The creation of Therme Manchester will bring an accessible, yet world-class health and wellbeing attraction to the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.
“It will transform TraffordCity, bring fantastic employment opportunities as well as bolster the regional economy including tourism and be a key contributor to the Northern Powerhouse.”
Andrew Western, Trafford Council leader, added: “We are delighted that this Therme Group development, the first of its kind in the UK, is coming to Trafford.
“It is a huge scheme which will be a fantastic addition to the area and supports several of the Council’s priorities including health and wellbeing. It will bring thousands of jobs to the borough and millions of visitors each year, who will benefit our local economy on a massive scale.
“We are proud that Therme Group has selected Trafford for this superb development.”
Therme Group plans to open Therme Manchester in 2023.