New giant water park with 35 slides and swim-up bars opening an hour from North Wales – North Wales Live

Latest pictures give an inside look into the giant water park, spa and wellness centre that is being built around an hour’s drive from North Wales.

The £250m development will be built next to Manchester’s Trafford Centre and latest pictures show what we can expect.

Designed to encourage “wellbeing of people and the planet”, the wellbeing facility is the first of its kind in the UK.

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Aiming to become the first city-based wellbeing resort in the country, the development promises an “urban oasis” which will be located next to the popular shopping centre, reports the MEN.

At a huge 28-acres, the site will be double the size of Therme’s wellness centre in Bucharest, which opened in Romania in 2016.

The vast glass-domed facility aims to encourage the ‘wellbeing of people and the planet’ with facilities to entice all ages – including 25 pools, over 35 water slides and 30 saunas and steam rooms, while there will be a weekly timetable of changing exercise classes.

Therme Bucharest which opened in 2016
Therme Bucharest which opened in 2016
(Image: Therme)

It will boast indoor and outdoor pools and over 1,500 palm trees for a tropical ambience.

There are also plans for rooftop beehives – with the hope of using honey from local bees in recipes at the on-site restaurants as well as in spa treatments.

At the heart of the development will also be a spectacular 10,000sqm rose-shaped botanical garden – to represent the national flower of England.

The centre is set to combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique experience ‘never before seen in the UK’ and tap into the staycation boom.

Therme Group bosses say they hope the centre will bring an “everyday holiday” to visitors.

The wellbeing facility is the first of its kind in the UK
The wellbeing facility is the first of its kind in the UK
(Image: Publicity Picture)

Images of their Bucharest site give a sense of the scale of the development, and the dazzling array of water slides and facilities that families here can expect when Therme Manchester opens for the first time.

Bosses say the development is still on track for a 2023 opening, although building work remains at a preliminary stage.

It is being planned at the space next to Barton Square at the Trafford Centre, an area partly covered by the Event City exhibition centre which closed earlier this year.

The centre will include a large family area with waterslides, a wave pool, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms and relaxation areas.

There will also be a dedicated adults’ area with warm water lagoons among spectacular botanical gardens, swim-up bars, therapeutic mineral pools and luxurious steam rooms and saunas.

The tropical spa promises an 'urban oasis'
The tropical spa promises an ‘urban oasis’
(Image: Therme)

Daily programming will include water-based fitness classes, and gardens will surround the area, creating spaces for yoga, Pilates and other activities.

Bosses say all Therme Group resorts use state-of-the-art plant-based filtration to purify the environment, so guests are always breathing the freshest air and swimming in the cleanest ozone-treated water.

Richard Land, Chief Development Officer of Therme Group UK, said: ” Therme Group is based on a belief that wellbeing should be accessible for all.

“The events of 2020 have shone a light on the necessity of this mission, especially for those in cities.

“Therme Manchester will redefine city wellbeing, enhancing mental and physical health through an experience based in water and nature.

It will offer a unique holiday at home, that acts as a catalyst for healthy lifestyles.”

The latest update from Therme comes as plans were approved last month for another huge water-based facility at the Trafford Centre, with a £60m surfing lagoon on Barton Dock Road.

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Plans for Modern Surf, which boasts a hi-tech pool with man-made waves, were approved last week. It is also aiming to open in 2023, in what is set to be a huge year for the expansion of the Peel-owned district.

Therme bosses say they are doing everything possible to protect against COVID-19 at all of their destinations, and expect to welcome over 1.5m visitors to the Manchester site once open.

The facility will have 25 pools, 35 water slides and 30 saunas and steam rooms
The facility will have 25 pools, 35 water slides and 30 saunas and steam rooms
(Image: Therme)

The Therme Group has already confirmed plans to roll out similar wellbeing resorts across the UK, including in Wales, London and Scotland, as well as in North America and the Asia-Pacific.

The UK-wide expansion is expected to create around 3000 jobs.

Pricing for access to the centre has not yet been revealed, but bosses say they are aiming to keep it ‘affordable’ for all.

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