Therme Group has submitted its planning application for a 28-acre wellbeing resort on the site of EventCity in Trafford.
The tropical-themed, warm water 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.
Therme Manchester is being developed in partnership with Peel L&P. Therme is advised by WSP | Indigo.
Proposals 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.
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 design focuses on natural themes and biodiversity, and includes cycle paths and footpaths to open up the area and provide improved connectivity around TraffordCity and with the neighbouring Bridgewater Canal.
Therme’s resort 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.
Other members of the project team including Exterior Architecture; TTHC; and BWB Consulting.