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.