Fresh details have been revealed of the proposed wellbeing resort at EventCity in Trafford, due to open in 2022 and 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.
The resort, initially set to open by early 2022, will cover a site on Barton Dock Road, between Phoenix Way, Mercury Way and the Bridgewater Canal, is currently home to EventCity, which is set to relocate into the building occupied by Soccerdome. An eight-pitch outdoor football facility is also to be built next door.
Therme’s resort, announced ahead of consultation this week, is proposed to be divided into four separate areas.
The Galaxy and Galaxy Relax area will provide family entertainment, featuring 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.
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 main vehicular access point will be via Phoenix Way, with further access via Mercury Way. Pedestrian and cycle links are proposed from the Bridgewater Canal to the north. The construction process is expected to last between 20 and 24 months.
The team on the project includes WSP | Indigo; Exterior Architecture; TTHC; and BWB Consulting. The team is working with Therme’s in-house design team to work up a planning application for the project.
Therme builds and operates facilities across the world, including a resort in Bucharest, which is the largest of its type in Europe. Consultation events are being held at EventCity next week on the plans, running from 2pm-8pm on Thursday 25 July, and from midday to 4pm on Friday 26 July.
In material distributed ahead of the consultation last week, Therme said: “Therme Manchester will bring together the tradition of the ancient Roman spa with an indoor tropical paradise. Therme resorts are some of the largest attractions in the world, built and operating at the highest level of quality and sustainability. The concept has been running in Europe for over 20 years, making a long-lasting positive impact on communities.
“Nature and water are at the heart of Therme creating a true oasis in the city, with everything from exciting wave pools and waterslides to relaxing luxury spa experiences.”