With a staggering £250 million investment behind it, this monumental undertaking promises a transformative experience for visitors and a substantial boost to the economy.
At the heart of Therme Manchester’s allure lies its innovative design, an immersive pavilion-style concept thoughtfully intertwined with the natural landscape.
Planners say this approach will transport visitors into a realm of ‘unbridled relaxation’ and well-being, setting it apart as a beacon of innovation among conventional wellness resorts
So let’s look at the approved designs, the expected economic impact, key personnel appointments, and the anticipated timeline for construction and opening.
Approved Design: An Immersive Pavilion-style Concept
The latest designs for Therme Manchester showcase an impressive pavilion-style concept integrated seamlessly into a natural landscape.
This unique approach promises an exceptional experience for visitors, setting it apart from conventional wellness resorts.
Economic Impact: Forecasted £4.5 Billion Contribution
An independent study by PwC predicts that Therme Manchester will make a substantial contribution of over £4.5 billion to the UK economy.
Most of this economic boost is expected to benefit Greater Manchester, further solidifying its position as a key player in the UK leisure industry.
Construction Commencement and Timeline
The green light from Trafford Council paves the way for construction to begin later this year. The project is estimated to take approximately 24 months, with an exciting opening targeted for late 2025.
Job Creation and Local Benefits
Trafford Council leader Tom Ross emphasises the positive local impact, highlighting the creation of more than 1,500 person-years of construction jobs and 600 permanent full-time positions.
The development aligns with key commitments related to health and wellbeing, connectivity, public space, and sustainable urban regeneration.
Speaking to I Love Manchester, they said: “This wellbeing resort is a huge £250m leisure development which is the first of its kind in the country and we are delighted it is being built here in Trafford.
“The resort will attract millions of visitors each year and will add significantly to the local economy during construction and once operational.
It will also create more than 1,500 person-years of construction jobs and 600 permanent full-time jobs.
“The development sits a short walk from the latest Metrolink extension and supports several of our key commitments by improving health and wellbeing, providing connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians, creating a new public realm, and regenerating a vacant brownfield site in a sustainable location.”
Leadership and Strategic Focus
Therme has announced the appointment of Professor David Russell as the first UK-based CEO of Therme UK, reflecting the organisation’s shift from planning to delivery.
Professor Russell, with his extensive experience in managing large-scale projects globally, brings valuable expertise to this ambitious venture.
He said:”Therme Manchester will be the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort.
“Our ambition is to make a positive difference in millions of people’s lives whilst creating a new wave in urban living.”
Future Expansion: Developing City-Based Wellbeing Resorts
James Mark assumes the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Therme UK, focusing on expanding city-based wellbeing resorts across the UK.
This strategic direction indicates Therme’s commitment to making a positive impact on urban living and wellness nationwide.
Local Partnerships and Economic Impact
Peel L&P’s Executive Director for Development, James Whittaker, acknowledges the importance of the partnership and the economic significance of Therme Manchester. This collaboration promises to deliver a world-leading health and wellbeing resort that not only enhances wellness but also generates substantial economic benefits for North West England.
He said: “After five years working in partnership with Therme, we are delighted to hear planning permission has been approved for this incredible, high-quality health and wellbeing resort in TraffordCity.
“We’re looking forward to working closely with the whole of the Therme team to deliver something truly unique and iconic in the UK, that is not only world-leading for health and wellbeing, but will also create a significant number of new jobs and have a huge positive economic impact for North West England.”
Therme Manchester’s recent approval marks a significant milestone in the development of this groundbreaking wellness and water resort.
With innovative design, anticipated economic contributions, and a strong leadership team in place, Therme Manchester is poised to revolutionise the UK’s wellness and leisure landscape while also benefiting the local economy.