EventCity

EventCity relocation gets Trafford consent

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The relocation of EventCity in Trafford to the nearby Soccer Dome has been approved, allowing the events venue move to a 240,000 sq ft building, and vacate its site to make way for the £175m Therme resort.

EventCity is a conference and exhibition centre, based to the south-east of Barton Square.

The new EventCity would aim to be more flexible than its current home, allowing areas to be divided off with acoustic walls, so multiple events can take place. The venue will contain a central foyer with breakout space and a reconfigured entrance. Bate & Taylor is the architect.

Due to open 2021, the existing EventCity would remain operational until then.

Plans were revealed by Peel L&P last year to relocate the venue to the nearby Soccer Dome site, in order to build a 28-acre Therme Resort, set to include a 700,000 sq ft resort building, a 43,000 sq ft public square, a 38,000 sq ft lake and up to 1,500 car parking spaces.

A planning application for Therme was submitted in November and is yet to be considered. The tropical-themed, warm water resort is due to open by early 2022, and is being developed by Therme in partnership with Peel L&P. Therme is advised by WSP | Indigo and Exterior Architects.

Neil Lees, acting chief executive at EventCity and deputy chairman of the Peel Group said: “We’re thrilled to have gained approval so work can commence on the new EventCity. The venue will be a fantastic addition to the TraffordCity offering, creating even more reasons for people to visit and experience the ever-evolving area.”

The relocation of EventCity was approved at Trafford Council’s planning committee yesterday, where proposals to rebuild the Fives Soccer Centre, which occupied Soccer Dome, on a site next to Chill Factore were also signed off.

TTHC advised EventCity.

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So when this moves closer, and the Aldi we don’t need opens its doors, Davyhulme will become gridlocked 24/7 instead of just at rush hour like it is now. Great stuff. Think it’s time to move.

By Davyhulme Resident

Has anybody thought about the traffic that will hit the area? It is bad enough even getting to Asda when an event is on!!!

By Eunice Kelly

No matter what the local residents say it won’t affect the move for Event City.
Everything is already in place and no consideration of thoughts of the residents are taken into account.

By Urmston resident

EventCity attracts less than 400,000 visitors a year well below the DW Gym which was attracting double the footfall. The wider area attracts 44m visitors.

The new road and bridge to the A57 was a £50m investment plus the Metrolink £350m.

EventCity and the wider TraffordCity create jobs, prosperity, amenity, entertainment.

By TJL

Very positive for investment into the area. The recent public transport improvements are overdue.
The tram is going to be a massive plus and shift to public transport is welcome. It’s a shame it’s taken so long.

By Davidson