Reworked £250m Therme Manchester unveiled
Refreshed proposals for the 28-acre wellbeing resort are due to be submitted to Trafford Council in a matter of weeks, more than three years after the first iteration of the scheme was given approval.
The revised vision is for a similar-sized venue to that which was approved in 2020. However, the glass roof is out and the new design features a 100,000 sq ft urban wellbeing garden, inspired by an English meadow, according to Therme Group.
Planning permission for Therme’s original proposal was granted in 2020 by Trafford Council.
Last year, the developer said it was reworking the project to create a “more sustainable, engaging, and accessible experience”.
Those plans featured a multi-storey car park near Peel L&P’s Trafford Palazzo and ‘living’ waterslides. These elements remain part of the most recent plan.
The project was also reworked to reduce the amount of steel required in a bid to improve its environmental credentials.
Since that vision was announced, additional changes have been made, delaying the resubmission of plans by 12 months.
A statement from Therme said the concept for the project has “moved from being principally a single building with zones and undulating roof line, to a more pavilion-style concept with separate, connected structures which are immersed and enveloped in a natural landscape.”
The revised scheme will have three entrances, improving access for visitors.
Indeed, much of the redesign is intended to improve the experience of visitors when travelling to the resort.
A landscaped green boulevard and the creation of a new connection to the Bridgewater Canal will enhance the link from the resort to Manchester city centre, allowing better access for pedestrians and cyclists, Therme said.
The MSCP remains part of the plans. Its roof will double up as an outdoor customer terrace.
Inside the resort, visitors could enjoy more than 25 pools and more than 35 waterslides.
“Therme Manchester will have a transformative impact on the city and individuals,” said Stelian Iacob, senior vice president of Therme Group and chief executive of Therme Group UK.
“The scale of the project and its architectural character will be interwoven through the landscape into the urban fabric. The link to Bridgewater Canal will create a literal and metaphorical connection to Manchester’s past and its centre.”
A consultation on the revised scheme is now live.
Subject to planning approval, the 24-month construction programme could begin later this year.
Iacob added: “We are confident that Therme Manchester will be a catalyst for a wave of local urban development that, over time, will bring new homes and jobs and will create opportunities for the wider area.
“As such, we hope that our project will act as an urban anchor and a destination that gives a fresh identity to this area of the city.”
The demolition of the former EventCity venue recently completed, clearing the path for Therme to be built.
James Whittaker, executive director of development at Peel L&P said: “We are very proud to be working in partnership with Therme Group to bring their first landmark wellbeing destination to the UK.
“As the UK’s foremost retail, leisure and commercial destination, TraffordCity already attracts more than 40m visits a year and we are working closely with Therme Group to ensure that Therme Manchester is accessible to as many people as possible, with strong, sustainable and well-connected links to the city centre, Trafford Palazzo and The Bridgewater Canal.”