Peel L&P has advanced plans to relocate EventCity to the Soccerdome next to the Trafford Centre, a move which will also see the event space’s current home redeveloped into a 28-acre wellbeing resort.
Under the plans, now submitted to Trafford Council, EventCity will close in July in 2020 and relocate to a redeveloped Soccerdome in September 2020, which include a central foyer, reconfigured entrance hall, and events space with divides of up to 11,000 sq ft. Bate & Taylor is the architect.
The move will free up EventCity’s current site on Barton Dock Road for the proposed 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.
This is earmarked for a 2022 opening; a separate planning application is yet to be submitted but is expected by the end of the year.
Plans were previously put forward by developer Urban Legacies to extend and convert the Soccerdome site into an indoor adventure centre, but these were never progressed.
Submitted in March 2018, these proposals would have seen an additional 124,000 sq ft added to the 195,000 sq ft DW Sports & Fitness Centre building.
Neil Lees, acting chief executive at EventCity and deputy chairman of the Peel Group said: “It has long been an ambition for the business to redesign the setting into a more dedicated space. We’re committed to offering our clients and visitors the very best experience, and we’re confident that our plans for the new venue will do just that, whilst still providing the second largest conference and events space outside of London.”
New football pitches are also set to be built as part of EventCity’s relocation to replace the existing facilities at the Soccerdome. This proposal is pictured above.
This will include eight all-weather pitches to be built on a plot next to the I-Fly indoor skydiving centre, currently an area of scrub land.
Scott Penman, owner of Fives Soccer Centre said: “We’re committed to doing all we can to provide a grass roots football facility in TraffordCity for the long-term.
“The new centre will reflect Fives Soccer Centre’s vision for the future of five-a-side football, which will not only be Manchester’s first soccer centre to meet the FA guidelines for small-sided pitch construction but will also offer an industry unique digital experience, two key elements in ensuring a sustainable operating model that cement its place at the centre of football in Manchester for the next 25 years and beyond.
“I have personally been involved with the Soccerdome for the last 12 years and recognise its significant contribution to the grass roots game, however, we have also faced the commercial viability challenge a large indoor proposition presents. To this end, I’m proud to be involved in a scheme that achieves the ultimate goal of protecting the football for the future.
“We’re working with Peel L&P to ensure we can keep operating until planning has been secured for the new football centre and until its completion.”
WSP | Indigo acted as planning consultant for both applications.