Manchester’s new urban beach: first look at latest attraction for huge Therme Manchester spa in Trafford

A chance to stroll along the golden sand is the latest attraction to be unveiled in the eye-catching plans for the new Therme resort in Trafford.
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Mancunians will still be able to head for the beach and enjoy relaxing on the golden sand without actually leaving the city.

That’s because the beach is the latest element of the eye-catching plans for massive spa and wellbeing resort Therme Manchester in Trafford to be unveiled.

The developers have already suggested there will be a massive waterpark, loads of pools and even swim-up bars.

And now, to go along with bringing a beach to Manchester, even more ideas for the place have been revealed.

How the beach at Therme Manchester could lookHow the beach at Therme Manchester could look
How the beach at Therme Manchester could look

What are the latest attractions to be unveiled for Therme Manchester?

The most eye-catching announcement among the latest plans for Therme Manchester is clearly bringing a beach to the edge of the city, miles away from the nearest coastline.

The developers say it will be the first of its kind that will be able to be open in all seasons of the year in the UK.

But the urban beach is not the only thing that could be coming to the TraffordCity resort.

Therme Manchester: a CGI artist impressionTherme Manchester: a CGI artist impression
Therme Manchester: a CGI artist impression

The team behind it has also revealed proposals for immersive digital art, an on-site urban farm and botanical gardens.

Therme and Peel L&P, who are creating the enormous project, say they want the resort to benefit both physical and mental health.

What else is happening with the Therme Manchester plans?

The latest plans for Therme Manchester deploy an array of cutting-edge technology both to make the resort more sustainable and provide even more things for visitors to do and enjoy.

This includes the world’s first living water slides in the water park area with a 3D printed superstructure to house thousands of plants.

The plans for the high-tech waterpark include growing thousands of plants on the slidesThe plans for the high-tech waterpark include growing thousands of plants on the slides
The plans for the high-tech waterpark include growing thousands of plants on the slides

Therme has also announced it will build a visitor and education centre where school and community groups can learn about sustainability, food and nature.

When will all this actually be opened to the public?

Unfortunately anyone who is attracted by the idea of walking along the urban beach with waves lapping at their toes does face something of a wait.

Therme is now aiming to submit its revised plans for the resort to Trafford Council in the summer.

Construction of the development is scheduled to begin in 2023 if planning permission is granted by the local authority.

Therme says the project then has a build time of around two years.

What has been said about Therme Manchester?

“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.”