Just shy of an hour from Leeds, the Trafford Centre in Manchester already has a lot going on. It’s a great hub for shopping, as well as plenty for kids with Legoland, Sea Life and Chill Factore for skiers and snowboarders. There will also be an extraordinarily massive all-season beach and waterpark there.
Plans to start work on the £250 million project Therme Manchester, which is set to span 28 acres have progressed this week as they prepare to clear the current EventCity site, opposite the Trafford Centre.
Therme Manchester, a massive park with ‘live’ water slides, a wave pool, and swim-up bars, is designed to improve visitors’ mental health and wellbeing.
The beach, 35 slides, a steam room, warm-water lagoons, mineral baths, ‘exotic palm tree relaxation spaces,’ and indoor and outdoor pools for kids will all be available inside.
There will also be water-based exercise courses, as well as yoga and meditation sessions, as well as the expected cafés and eateries.
The developers also included an education centre for schools and community groups, so it’s not all about splashing around. A two-acre garden at the park’s heart is the main attraction.
Therme, the company behind the park, is definitely trying to break away from the stereotype of a shabby waterpark. ‘This bio-diverse garden for all seasons will be an evolving work of beauty, with petal-shaped terraces, magnificent pools and water elements,’ according to a spokeswoman.
The green ‘vertical forest’ multi-storey car park at Peel L&P’s Trafford Palazzo along with an all-season urban beach, snow room, multi-sensory showers, oxygen rooms and a visitor and education centre
It will serve as a gathering place for people to socialise, learn, and discover new things.’ Then there won’t be any floaty plasters or shady wave machines here.
The resort was supposed to open in 2023, but after resubmitting plans that feature “immersive digital art” and a “living slide” (read: covered in plants), it’s more likely to open in 2025. Meanwhile, you may keep up with the latest news by visiting the official Therme Manchester website.
James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s executive director of development, said: “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.
“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.”
Richard Land, chief development officer, Therme Group UK, added: “We are delighted to have reached this critical stage with Peel L&P, which marks the beginning of on-site works for Therme Manchester.