Therme 2
The tropical-themed wellbeing resort is targeted to open in 2022

PLANNING | Therme’s £175m resort tipped for approval

Chloé Vaughan

Two major schemes, including Therme Group’s proposed 28-acre wellbeing resort in Trafford’s EventCity and Himor’s Carrington Village, have been recommended for approval next week.

A 75-home affordable housing scheme by MCI Developments and Your Housing Group is also up for approval by Trafford Council’s planning committee.

Therme Manchester CGI

If it wins approval, Therme’s tropical-themed warm water leisure resort is scheduled to open by early 2022. The application covers a site on Barton Dock Road, between Phoenix Way, Mercury Way and the Bridgewater Canal.

The proposals 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.

The resort is to be divided into four separate areas. The Galaxy and Galaxy Relax areas will provide family entertainment, with a wave pool, relaxation areas, steam rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and food and drink outlets. The pool halls are proposed to be 21m in height while a tower of around 45m will accommodate water slides to the north-west of the site.

To the south-east of the site, the Palm area will focus on “peaceful relaxation”, again with indoor and outdoor pools, along with mineral baths, steam rooms and water-based treatments. Food and drink provision here will focus on health and nutrition, according to Therme Group.

The Elysium area will be a sauna and salt therapy area, joining on to the Palm. With wet and dry saunas, the area will also include roof gardens for outdoor activities. The final area, named Genesis, will provide specialist water-based and dry-based therapies.

Extensive landscaping is set to include a garden in the shape of the Lancashire Rose.

The scheme is intended to be “the world’s most advanced wellbeing resort, accessible to all, embodying a perfect interplay of nature, technology and culture”, according to Therme Group.

An application to relocate EventCity to the nearby Soccer Dome was approved earlier this month, a piece of site rejigging that is needed to paving the way for Therme’s development.

Therme Manchester is being developed in partnership with Peel L&P. Therme is advised by WSP Indigo. Other members of the project team include Exterior Architecture, TTHC and BWB Consulting.

Himor Carrington Village February 2020

Meanwhile, Himor’s outline plans for Carrington Village, a 320-home development with 670,000 sq ft of employment floorspace, is also recommended for approval next week.

Approval would be subject to a 10% affordable housing provision split between affordable rent and shared ownership. However, according to a viability statement prepared by consultant Cushman & Wakefield, the scheme cannot support any affordable homes due to its cost.

The application covers the existing Carrington Business Park and brownfield land to the south of the A1. The homes will circle around a local centre of up to four shops totalling 13,000 sq ft. Retail or health uses, and a 48,000 sq ft office are also proposed.

The development on the 120-acre brownfield site is estimated to cost £104m, according to planning documents, and would require the relocation of the Carrington Rugby Club and its clubhouse. A Section 106 agreement has been agreed to relocate the rugby club, £776,000 towards Trafford’s Community Infrastructure Levy, and a combined £350,000 towards improvements on Carrington Lane and Flixton Road.

The site borders developer Wainhome’s 277-home scheme, which secured consent in 2018, as well as another project by Himor that is on site building 219,000 sq ft of employment space across six buildings.

The wider Carrington site is expected to deliver 6,100 homes with 4.4m sq ft of employment space. It is Trafford’s largest allocated Green Belt release under the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

According to the developer, its “vision for the future of Carrington Village is based around the creation of a vibrant, attractive place that contains a viable mix of residential and employment uses which are strongly integrated with the existing residents and wider neighbouring areas.”

Aecom designed the proposals.

MCI Developments And Your Housing Group February 2020 75 Homes Partington

An application for 75 affordable homes on land north of Oak Road and West of Warburton Lane is also recommended for approval at next week’s meeting.

MCI Developments’ and Your Housing Group’s joint application calls for the 4.8-acre site, which is currently used for grazing, to become 18 one-bedroom apartments, 23 two-bedroom houses, and 34 three-bedroom houses.

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I like the Therme development but I do wonder where all the extra traffic and parking will go. It’s already pretty bad round there even with the new Metrolink opening

By Jon P

Jon P – did you not read the article? “The proposals 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.”

As you mention, the site is also locationally sustainable and is easily accessible by public transport. We can’t plan our towns and cities around the use of private cars.

By SillyGoose

Never gonna happen. When will the housing application go in?

By Peel watch

Silly Goose it is not easily accessible by public transport

By Dan

Dan there’s a tram stop right outside due to open in a few months, plus frequent bus links

By Anonymous

To very very few places, who can possible think that’s good transport? a tram to Trafford Park. Almost everyone who goes to Therme will go by car.

By Dan

Dan is right, who needs a public transport to a silly little thing like the Trafford Center?! Do the Metro Center, Meadowhall, or Westfield Stafford have pubic transport links??! I mean, they do, but that’s not the point. And it’s proposed to build a train station for the White Rose center in Leeds, but that’s not the point either. Everybody only travels anywhere by car, ever.

By Loganberry

When event city had a function on there were tailbacks to Bolton, the swing bridge cant cope as it is, then theres Old Trafford to think about, if they build a new swing bridge twice as wide then maybe ok and a fly over across trafford beulavard it might work ???

By Vincent lee

Therme is an amazing project, hugely exciting for the NW, GM and Trafford. This will be the only one of its kind.

The Tram will give the public more options, from across GM, access to the airport and the wider rail network. I will use the tram!

But they need more hotels.


People who moan about traffic congestion while driving are forgetting one thing: that they are contributing to said traffic. Maybe if more car drivers opted to cycle, walk, and take public transport like the rest of us, there would be less traffic on the roads? It’s not rocket science.

By Anonymous

@Vincent lee, when Event City was open, there was no rapid transit at all in the area. Within the next 6 weeks a Metrolink stop will be operational within easy walking distance to the site.


@Dan, I don’t think you are looking at the big picture when it comes to rapid transit. You say that Metrolink goes to very few locations, yet it is the busiest, most frequent, most reliable and most reliable rapid transit network in GM (and before you moan it ain’t reliable, it is better compared to road traffic, buses and our trains). There are huge numbers of people that will use Metrolink, but not only to get to this new complex, but also the Trafford Centre. Currently the only way to get to the Trafford Center is by car and bus, and the buses are horrible – in many cases they drive people into cars. Whether or not a lot of people travel specifically to this complex by Metrolink is less of a question than whether they will travel to the area as a whole.


EOD hardly anybody will use the Metrolink to get to Therme

By Dan

Your aving a lawf..

By Eric Dewers

Isn’t this the polluted ex British Gas site?

By Tex

I would like to know how Carrington lane and flixton road can be improved- apart from tarmacing? They are both two lane roads!!

By Carol burns