BOSSES at the Therme Group have confirmed that plans are still in place to begin construction of the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort next year.

The £250 million project will combine hundreds of water-based activities with wellbeing treatments, art, nature and technology to create a unique experience never before seen in the UK.

The firm says they are set to open in 2023 and the news comes as a boost considering the blow over Intu announcing they had gone bust after a rescue plan for the Trafford Centre failed.

It is hoped the large scale of the resort, on land opposite the shopping complex, will play a significant role in the social and economic development of the region, will create hundreds of jobs and build social cohesion with an experience that is inclusive, accessible and, most important, affordable to all.

Supporters claim Therme Manchester will meet the growing social need for ‘staycations’ with a perfect tropical environment. This includes a large family area with waterslides, a wave pool, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, exotic palm tree, relaxation areas and dozens of other fun, relaxing and healthy activities.

A dedicated adults’ area will have warm-water lagoons among spectacular botanical gardens, swim-up bars, therapeutic mineral pools and beautifully designed steam rooms and saunas. Daily programming will include water-based fitness classes, and beautiful gardens will surround the area, creating spaces for yoga, Pilates and other activities.

All of their resorts use plant-based filtration to purify the environment, so guests are always breathing fresh air and swimming in ozone-treated water.

The technology-driven group meets the highest hygiene and safety standards for both guests and staff alike.

It is also constantly developing new approaches and working with public authorities to meet future health and wellbeing needs.

This ensures long-term commercial viability and secures Therme Manchester’s role as an essential piece of public and social infrastructure.

Richard Land, the company’s chief development officer, 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.

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

Therme Manchester is the latest development in Therme Group’s global development programme, to create the most advanced wellbeing resorts in cities around the world.