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Therme Group UK Appoints Chief Development Officer

Therme Group has appointed Richard Land as Chief Development Officer for its UK business.

With extensive experience in the UK and European construction sector, Richard is responsible for Therme Group UK projects, from inception through to development and operation. The role will see him lead on the recently approved c. £250 million Therme Manchester project, due to begin construction next year, which is set to be the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort. As part of his role, Richard is also working to secure project opportunities throughout the UK and will support the group’s global development programme.

Richard brings with him extensive technical experience, having held roles with global engineering consultancies, including Arup and WSP. He previously worked with a large real estate fund, developing a portfolio across Europe and went on to found his own consultancy company, delivering engineering and project management services.

Richard holds a keen interest in carbon usage and environmental practices in the built environment. His approach focuses on the responsible design, construction, and operation of facilities, aligning perfectly with Therme Group’s commitment to long-term sustainability.

“Having worked with Therme Group as a consultant since 2015, I’m delighted to have been officially appointed as Chief Development Officer for the UK. The role will allow me to draw on each aspect of my career to take the Therme Group concept to a new level of excellence in every area, that is true to our belief in accessible wellbeing for all”, Richard said. 

“With the construction of Therme Manchester set to begin in 2021 and a number of opportunities across the UK in the pipeline, it’s a really exciting time for the business.”  

Speaking on the appointment, Stelian Iacob, CEO of Therme Group UK, commented: “Richard’s approach aligns perfectly with Therme Group’s vision of sustainable projects which bring profound benefits to the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve”.

“His role will be pivotal as we focus on bringing the Therme concept to the UK, redefining city wellbeing. His extensive experience will be instrumental in taking the application of sustainable technologies to the next level of excellence within Therme Manchester.”

Therme Group’s unique city-based wellbeing resort concept has been highly successful in Europe for more than 20 years. The group is rolling out a global development programme, with active projects in cities around the world, including Therme Manchester, scheduled to open in 2023.

Therme Manchester is anticipated to be the world’s largest all-season water-based attraction and a major economic driver for the Greater Manchester area. Further projects are planned for development in the UK, mainland Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. All Therme Group resorts deliver Therme Group’s vision of ‘wellbeing for all’ by employing cutting-edge technology to bring accessible and affordable health and wellbeing opportunities to cities worldwide.