Partner news: Therme Manchester Wellbeing Resort to Bring a Beach to the City


Therme Manchester, the wellbeing resort, today announced that its huge development at TraffordCity will bring an all-season beach to Greater Manchester. The announcement came alongside the Therme Manchester Marathon taking place on Sunday 3rd April. The event is the UK’s largest spring marathon and part of Therme’s outreach activities to boost community health and wellbeing.

The urban beach is part of a series of additions to existing plans for Therme Manchester, with many exciting elements already announced. In addition to a ‘next generation’ waterpark, thermal bathing and a wellbeing spa, these include immersive digital art, an on-site urban farm and botanical gardens. This combination of features highlights Therme’s aim to be far more than just a waterpark and spa, but to create an integrated experience to benefit physical and mental health.

Therme’s updated plans, which are being delivered in partnership with Peel L&P, adopt the very latest technology to make the development even more sustainable and deliver additional exciting features for visitors. This includes the world’s first living waterslides with a 3D printed superstructure to house thousands of plants, as part of its ‘next generation’ water park area.

As part of its outreach work, Therme has announced that it will also include a visitor and education centre where school and community groups can learn about sustainability, food and nature.

“Our commitment to bring Therme Manchester to the UK is as strong as ever” said Stelian Iacob, Senior Vice President of Therme Group and CEO of Therme Group UK. “Expert independent studies have shown the hugely positive economic and social impact that Therme Manchester will have, helping to create jobs, economic prosperity and bringing health and wellbeing to the daily lives of millions of guests.”

James Whittaker, Executive Director of Development at Peel L&P said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Therme Group to develop this exceptional wellbeing resort in TraffordCity. Therme Manchester will lead the way in health and wellbeing and with the updated plans now including the UK’s first all-season urban beach and the world’s first living waterslides, we are excited to continue working with Therme Manchester to deliver this innovative health and wellbeing experience in TraffordCity, the UK’s foremost retail, leisure and commercial destination.”

Therme is aiming to submit its revised plans to Trafford Council in the summer. Construction of the development is scheduled to begin in 2023, with a build time of around two years.


About Therme Group & Therme Manchester

Therme Group is a global wellbeing leader, driven by an inclusive vision of ‘Wellbeing for All’. Therme’s landmark entertainment and wellbeing destinations are a unique immersive environment based on ancient traditions of thermal bathing combined with modern technology.

This unique blended experience includes water-based activities, fitness programming, attractions, wellbeing therapies, art and culture, botanics, food, and nutrition.

As much as a fun and relaxing experience, Therme’s projects benefit mental and physical health, rejuvenating those who visit while making a positive economic and social impact on the communities they serve.

Environmental consciousness is at the heart of Therme, using sustainable design and technology to create affordable and inclusive environments that welcome millions of visitors every year. With more than 20 years of experience, Therme Group and its strategic partners operate four facilities in Europe. In addition, they have multiple destinations worldwide in development, including the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

Therme Manchester will provide the city with an urban oasis which enhances mental and physical health. It is the first in a nationwide rollout of the Therme concept, set to include Glasgow, London and Wales. The UK rollout reflects Therme’s ‘90/90’ vision, working to make a Therme accessible to 90% of the UK population within a 90-minute travel time.

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About TraffordCity

TraffordCity is the UK’s foremost retail, leisure and commercial destination encompassing the Trafford Centre and its surrounding 3.5 million square feet of retail, leisure and office space.

With 300 of the most premium brands in retail and leisure as well as exciting sport, culture and event offerings which attract over 40 million visits a year, TraffordCity is owned and managed by Peel L&P on behalf of its stakeholders.

With a further £2.6 billion investment in the pipeline over the next 20 years, TraffordCity is set to become a world class destination where people can live, businesses thrive and with entertainment at your fingertips. It is home to a number of attractions including Trafford Golf Centre, Dino Falls Adventure Golf, Chill Factore, Play Factore, and iFLY.

TraffordCity is conveniently located five miles west of Manchester city centre, adjacent to the M60 orbital motorway and boasts excellent connectivity via road, tram, rail and air. Excellent public transport links gives accessibility to business, retail, leisure and employment opportunities within TraffordCity. 

About Peel L&P – Realising Possibility

Peel L&P is an ambitious regeneration business which owns and manages 12 million sq ft of property and 20,000 acres of land and water across the UK, with a total portfolio value of over £2.5 billion.

Established in 1972, it has generations of history, heritage and expertise and is responsible for some of the most transformational projects in the country including The Trafford Centre, MediaCity, Liverpool & Wirral Waters and Peel NRE’s Protos energy and resource hub in Cheshire.

As part of The Peel Group, it strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives and is a key partner in helping central and local Government tackle unemployment, reach net zero carbon targets, solve the housing crisis and level-up the country’s regions to improve the prosperity, climate resilience and health and wellbeing of communities.

Peel L&P has accelerated its action towards addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, and its five-year sustainability plan is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It was also the first company in the UK to third party verify buildings as net zero carbon, as defined by the UK Green Building Council.

Peel L&P’s specialisms include large-scale mixed-use regeneration schemes, residential, retail, industrial and logistics, hospitality & leisure, and low carbon energy development.

We see possibility. We deliver transformation.

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