EventCity September 2019

Site shifts begin to make way for £175m Therme

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The relocation of EventCity in Trafford to the nearby Soccer Dome is set to be approved, making way for the proposed £175m Therme resort on the vacated plot on Barton Dock Road.

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

Plans were revealed by Peel L&P last year to relocate the venue to a nearby site occupied by Soccer Dome, 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.

Under the plans, EventCity is set to open on the redeveloped Soccer Dome site by spring 2021. The scheme includes a central foyer, reconfigured entrance hall, extensive parking, and events spaces. Bate & Taylor is the architect.

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.

Therme Manchester Aerial View(1)

According to Therme, the scheme aims to be “the world’s most advanced wellbeing resort, accessible to all, embodying a perfect interplay of nature, technology and culture.”

The relocation of EventCity is recommended for approval at Trafford Council’s planning committee next week. Alongside, the council is due to sign-off proposals to rebuild the Fives Soccer Centre, which occupied Soccer Dome, on a site next to Chill Factore.

Initially, Sports England objected to the closure of Soccer Dome, due to concerns the pitches would not be replaced. However, Peel argued the use of the site for sports pitches was not commercially viable, and that the replacement facilities would give a net gain in total pitch space.

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Who on earth would want to go on holiday at the Trafford Centre??

By Sad

The hotels around the Trafford Centre do very well.

By Dan

Amazing what’s going on in Trafford !

Therme resort, Tram, EventCity

we need more hotels


Great. More traffic to an already congested road network.

By Paul

@Paul they’ve extended the metrolink…are suggesting they should not have gone ahead with this major investment which would help boost the local economy … it’s good news for the local area

By George

How many visitors per day do they need to make this huge investment pay? What’s the business model here? Is it a membership club? If so what’s the annual fee? I just don’t believe the market exists for this and even if they’re optimistic and project that people will come, how many, having battled there and back through the traffic to get to Dumplington would return on a regular basis? Perhaps they’re banking on people combining a trip to the Trafford Centre with a trip to Therme? Again, after dealing with the horrendous traffic and traipsing round the TC, all anyone will want to do is get home, pronto. There’s no way this is a serious proposal, not a chance. So the question is are Peel’ real intentions here? Housing?

By Eyes Peeled

This is something a bit different for Manchester. I hope that this is a success.

By Elephant

That’s why they’ve extended the tram line to TC @Eyes Peeled, or have you forgotten about that?

By New Wave

What a load of rubbish! Peel Holdings and Trafford Council at it again £££££££

By Graham