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Therme confirms 2021 start on £250m Trafford resort

Therme Group, the operator behind the £250m leisure resort planned in Trafford Park, has confirmed plans are still in place to begin construction in 2021, despite potential Covid-19 delays.

Set to open in 2023, the 700,000 sq ft project on Barton Dock Road will combine water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology.

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.

The tropical environment is due to include a large family area with water slides, a wave pool, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, exotic palm tree, and relaxation areas.

Therme uses its own in-house team for construction.

Richard Land, chief development officer of Therme Group, said: “Therme Group is based on a belief that wellbeing should be accessible for all. The events of 2020 have shone a light on the necessity of this mission, especially for those in cities.

“Therme Manchester will redefine city wellbeing, enhancing mental and physical health through an experience based in water and nature. Therme Manchester will offer a unique holiday at home, that acts as a catalyst for healthy lifestyles.”

The planning application was approved in March, and 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.

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

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By Anonymous

Just convert the now redundant trafford centre into a water park.

By GMRes

yes please

By at home

Bang goes any hope of a similar facility in Otterspool.

By Phil

And the work and the buildings keep on coming.

Be interesting to see what happens to the Trafford center now that INTU have gone bust. Don’t be surprised if a far east consortium comes in and buys it, which of course would mean a further expansion – and more work and buildings!

By Phildered

2million visitors a year.. Traffic.. About 300 cars each day Monday to Friday and at the weekend about 3000 cars on Saturday and about 3000 on Sunday.. Also when its the school holiday’s, it will be gridlock with about 3000 cars a day

By John

Yes, thank you

By Xxx

Looks great

By Anonymous

Interesting,,,, needs to be quality. A huge glass atrium would be good connecting with the other buildings. Green living walls, water and heat. Renewable energy would be good,,, maybe a geo~thermal bore, worth a punt. Maybe an ayuvedic treatment centre would be a big success. How about a zip wire from high up down into the atrium tropics,,, good for the circulation, then swim a mile in underground pool and go up a level into the steam /dry heat rooms. Various yoga classes should be available. And on a higher level a brasserie, café. So a mixture of pursuing health, ayuvedic classes, 2/3yoga disciplines and bicking/E~biking on the new M’cr circuit also trips to Snowdon, Peakes and the Lakes,,,, a level of fitness is required but the terrain and countryside among the most impressive on this island. The important thing is, when you have had enough, you chuck your bike and back pack into the train and get off somewhere in M’cr. I’m sure HS2 will be promoting these ideas,,, hey we have our own ideas. We know what good buildings look like and understand that we would have the first elevated tracks in the UK,,,,, let’s make them exciting. Maybe £10/£12 a week on a swipe card . I imagine maybe 5000 ppl at first, growing rapidly,, 6 months 25/30 000ppl. A year 50 000ppl!,,, that’s over £500 000 a week! We should get on this first,,,, it’s coming, it’s unstoppable. Start plan/build now. Incorporate lots, LoTS of planting. Living walls and graff art,,, cheap and very effective..

By Robert Fuller