Therme will feature an urban beach and waterpark. Credit: via Rule 5

Peel clears path for £250m Therme Manchester 

The developer has lodged an application with Trafford Council to demolish the 300,000 sq ft EventCity, clearing the site for the highly-anticipated 28-acre wellness resort. 

Peel L&P has also applied to knock down the vacant SoccerDome, and is in early-stage discussions with leisure operators for the site’s redevelopment. 

The demolition of EventCity on Barton Dock Road marks a key milestone in the creation of the £250m Therme Manchester, a wellbeing resort featuring an urban beach and waterpark and multiple ‘welltech’ experiences including a snow room, oxygen rooms and multi-sensory showers. 

Trafford Council approved plans for the resort in 2020 and work was due to begin the following year. However, Therme Group is working up a revised scheme with a sharper focus on sustainability. 

If approved, the two-year build could begin next year after demolition wraps up in spring. 

Richard Land, chief development officer at Therme Group UK said: “We are delighted to have reached this critical stage with Peel L&P, which marks the beginning of on-site works for Therme Manchester. 

“An iconic project for the city as well as for the entire UK, this milestone confirms the arrival of Therme in the North. It also solidifies our vision for 90% of the UK to be within easy reach of a Therme destination, with future developments planned for Glasgow, London and other key cities.” 

The project is anticipated to create around 1,200 jobs and save more than 1m “hospital admission days per year”, according to Therme. 

“Therme Manchester is an attraction like no other and it’s incredibly exciting to be making preparations to bring the UK’s first resort of this kind to TraffordCity for people of all ages to enjoy,” said James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s executive director of development. 

“It will attract visitors and investment from across the globe to TraffordCity and the wider city region and we’re proud to be the host venue for such an exceptional development with a strong focus on sustainability, health and wellbeing.” 

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I can’t work out whether this is going to be an Eden project-like wonder or whether it’s just going to end up like Waterworld in Stoke…

By Anonymous

I believe it will be amazing I just wish it would get built. Seems to have been dragging on for years. Also does anyone know when the surfing centre will start?

By Bob

Hmm , I know this will increase traffic around there but it sounds like a really interesting project and will bring something new to the North west. Looking forward to it.

By Anonymous

Look forward to smelling the sewage plant from the urban beach 🙂


@UNESCO rep, it’s indoors… have a think about it and then the answer will be revealed

By Jo

Looks amazing, hope they execute it well and connect it to the mall next door, knowing Peel they will have spotted that one already.

By Urmston flyer

Unless they’re going to create top notch public realm between them, the forthcoming leisure facilities in this area will feel isolated.
Pomona Island would have been a better choice for this and the wave park.

By Anonymous

Pomona Island is long gone as an alternative. A century ago or so it would have worked, in fact it did work but not now.

By Anonymous

This would have been amazing on Pomona Island. We could have had our own Tivoli Gardens. We are hopeless in this city at utilising open space. The rubbish they have built on Pomona is an absolute shame.

By Elephant

Will be great for family’s its just what manchester needs ❤️

By Joan carr

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