Therme Trafford Park 1
The wellbeing resort is to occupy the 28-acre EventCity site

Plans for £250m Therme resort approved

Dan Whelan

Therme Group’s plans for a 700,000 sq ft wellbeing resort at Trafford Park have been unanimously approved by councillors, with work expected to start on site in 2021.

The project, which is targeted to open to the public in 2023, is being brought forward after the local council approved a string of relocations of other properties in Trafford Park last month to make way for the resort.

Under the plans, Therme Manchester is to occupy the 28-acre site currently occupied by EventCity, which will relocate to the nearby Soccer Dome, while Soccer Dome’s tenant, Fives Soccer Centre, is moving to a site close to Chill Factore.

The resort will contain a two-acre wellbeing garden and a large family zone with a wave pool, waterslides, indoor and outdoor pools and steam rooms, which is all expected to attract up to two million visitors per year.

A dedicated adults’ area will feature warm-water lagoons set within a backdrop of botanical gardens, swim-up bars and therapeutic mineral baths.

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A 43,000 sq ft public square and 38,000 sq ft lake are also lined up for the resort, which is set to benefit from the Trafford Park Metrolink line that opens next month.

Therme Manchester occupies a site on Barton Dock Road, between Phoenix Way, Mercury Way and the Bridgewater Canal, opposite the Intu Trafford Centre.

The project is being developed in partnership with Peel L&P, with WSP Indigo acting as planner. Other members of the project team include Exterior Architecture, TTHC and BWB Consulting.

Stelian Iacob, chief executive of Therme Group UK, said the resort will “transform life for city residents and people further afield, creating a fun and accessible experience with profound health and wellbeing benefits for all.”

James Whittaker, Peel L&P Group development director, added: “The creation of Therme Manchester will bring an accessible, yet world-class, health and wellbeing attraction to the people of Greater Manchester and beyond, and be a key contributor to the Northern Powerhouse.”

Therme has resorts in Germany and Romania and is working on other projects in China, Southeast Asia and North America.

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This does not need to exist…

By Anonymous

Looks amazing, well done Trafford

By Gh

This will be huge for the Region

By TJL

How many houses / flats do we think Peel are planning to build on this site?

By Unspun

This will be a game changer for Greater Manchester. Very impressive.

By Elephant

Well it certainly looks the part, but why is every plan submitted to Trafford Council now passed. What about the infrastructure around here the extra traffic! You have already passed plans on this road for a drive in McDonalds, we are experiencing traffic jams at Junction 10 due to the Trafford retail park and the new stores Aldi and Starbucks drive through, with no planning for the infrastructure here, we have plans submitted for Junction 9 for the 197 bed hotel to be built, does anybody at the council care that the residents cannot move round this area at weekends? Is there any thought going into the passing of all these plans for the people who are living in this area? We are the people paying the council tax for an area that is deteriorating rapidly the roads are in need of repair permanently and all due to extra traffic on them and now you are bringing thousands more to the area!. We cannot cope when will this be recognised !

By Maureen Dickinson

Washing with other dirty people in current climate

By Hmm

Ah Rhyl Sun Centre Mk2. Whole area is an accessability nightmare. Just stick some waterslides around the actual Trafford Centre instead.

By Lego

@Anonymous There are very few things the need to exist, but that does not mean they should not exist…I’m in favour of anything which supports and enhances people’s wellbeing. It’s an important thing that is too often neglected in today’s society. Having something like this, that is family friendly and combines facilities for enjoyment, relaxation and good health can only be a good thing.

By Manc Man

@Anonymous re: “This does not need to exist…”
Nothing of entertainment needs to exist. If the world followed your statement, we would close all theatres, cinemas, restarants, pubs, bars, cafes, shopping centres, sports stadiums, parks and anthing else that brings joy. Joy can be had by reading a good book.

Or, we could be a little more adventurous and make places people want to go to

By EOD

@Maureen I take it you’ve read the documents which were submitted with the planning application?

By Arde

@Maureen, I hear you and agree that roads and transport are a major issue. Roads need improving and public transport needs to be built. The area will get a new Metrolink tram line in a few days and that should help a bit, but in Manchester what we really need is a proper rapid transit network. We can’t solve traffic problems by improving roads alone, we need to also build a proper public transport system. Just look at the US with huge, straight, wide roads with many more lanes and the horrendous traffic they still suffer from. The only way to improve both is to spend more money and the only way to get more money to spend is to increase taxes or pay through something like a congestion charge (which is a different type of tax). However, we live in a country completely opposed to higher taxes, despite having some of the lowest taxes in the developed world. So, let’s increase taxes a bit and invoke a congestion charge. That should help invest in public transport which will get cars off the road and you will have more space to drive without so much traffic :)

By EOD

Manchester’s tourist offering is gaining so much. This, I’m A Celebrity, Manchester Zoo, RHS Bridgewater, Eastlands Arena, Factory theatre and others too. All good for the economy and vibrancy of the wider city.

By YS