Work on an extensive new £250 million indoor waterpark in Manchester will begin next year, with the centre opening in 2025.
The park, called Therme Manchester, will feature living water slides, a wave pool and swim-up bars, and has been developed to increase visitors’ mental health and wellbeing.
Located opposite the Trafford Centre on the Event City site, it’s predicted to attract up to two million visitors per year within five years, which would make it the most visited based attraction in Europe.
The next-generation water park will even include immersive digital art, an on-site farm and botanical gardens, all sitting inside glass domes.
The park, which is being billed as the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort, will cover 28 acres, the size of 19 football pitches.
It was due to open in late 2023 but has been moved back two years and revised plans will be presented to Trafford Council in the summer.
Stelian Iacob, senior vice present of Therme Group Worldwide and CEO of Therme Group UK told a newspaper outlet that their commitment to bring Therme Manchester to the United Kingdom was as strong as ever. He said that expert independent studies had shown the hugely favourable economic and social influence that Therme Manchester would have, helping to create jobs, economic wealth and bringing health and wellbeing to the everyday lives of millions of visitors.
Inside, its extensive family zone will include 35 slides, indoor and outdoor pools, a steam room and exotic palm tree relaxation areas.
The dedicated adult’s area will have warm water lagoons, therapeutic mineral baths and steam rooms and saunas.
There will also be a daily programme of water-based fitness classes as well as yoga, pilates and meditation sessions.
According to the plans, a broad range of well-being treatments will also be available as well as advanced body scanners and professional therapists.
There will also be a range of bars, cafes and restaurants, offering everything from snacks and light bites to à la carte service.
The site will also have a visitor and education centre designed for school and community groups. It has been included in a bid to teach people about health, sustainability, food and nature.
The central focus of the project will be a two-acre well-being garden in the form of a rose.
The developer, the Therme Group, explained that this biodiverse garden for all seasons will be an evolving work of art, with petal-shaped terraces and stunning pools and water features. It will serve as a focal point for socialising, learning and discovery.
Jeeze, at this rate people, will be moving in because it will be more affordable than heating their own homes.
Manchester is known as a bit of a cesspit, but what people don’t know about this part of Manchester is that it has massive shopping malls, indoor skiing, skydiving centre, golf range et cetera, and there are already a bunch of people visiting this region of Manchester and there are two massive football clubs within a couple of miles which get approximately 70 thousand visitors every week, it can’t be all that bad.
It’s all very good opening this, however, living locally they will need to sort out the already crowded roads around the Trafford Centre.
This site will be a considerable biosphere and it will require an abundance of light otherwise there will be germs, no heat, no sunlight and numerous people will say no thanks.
In theory, it sounds amazing, but in fact, a bunch of brawling tattooed Mancunians peeing in the pools really doesn’t sound like the most attractive place to visit.