Plans have been unanimously approved at a meeting of Trafford Council’s planning committee to build the first city-based wellbeing resort in Manchester. Global wellbeing group, Therme Group, are to construct Therme Manchester in Peel L&P’s TraffordCity.

The wellbeing centre will be home to hundreds of water-based activities, as well as wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology, to create a never-seen-before experience in the UK.

The project is estimated to cost around £250m. Therme Manchester is expected to attract up to two million visitors per year, within five years, making it Europe’s most visited water-based attraction.

The wellbeing site will extend over 28 acres, equivalent to 19 football pitches. It will be located opposite intu Trafford Centre next to Barton Square, with a Metrolink station directly outside.

Central to Therme Manchester will be its focus on nature, with thousands of plants and trees occupying the site, created by world-leading architects, artists, designers and engineers. A two-acre wellbeing garden shaped as a rose, England’s national flower, will be a focal point of the site, where petal-shaped terraces will be flanked by water features and pools, acting as a place for learning, discovery and socialising.

Stelian Iacob, senior vice president of Therme Group Worldwide and CEO of Therme Group UK, commented: “We are delighted that planning has been approved so we can bring the UK’s first Therme Group city wellbeing resort to Manchester. This will transform life for city residents and people further afield, creating a fun and accessible experience with profound health and wellbeing benefits for all.”

Therme Manchester is due to open in 2023.

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