The revival of hydrotherapy
Right in the heart of one of Nancy's historic districts, where residential homes and offices sit alongside the Parc Sainte-Marie, the Ecole de Nancy Museum and the new Artem campus, Grand Nancy Thermal is an iconic space in today's city.
First developed in the early 20th century, it comprises two one hundred-year old pools (a round pool and the covered Olympic pool) and the more recent open-air Louison-Bobet pool. It is very popular with the citizens of Nancy, all year round.
Its originality results from the existence of a warm, mineral-water spring, recognised by the Académie Nationale de Médecine in 1911, in particular for the treatment of arthritis.
In 2007, the City of Nancy and the Grand Nancy region decided to play on these strengths and develop a project that would combine heritage and leisure with curative and preventive medicine, taking advantage of they city's international reach in medical matters. The plan is to restore and enhance the site, creating a centre for well-being, aquatic, sporting and spa activities using the thermal waters.
Following a drilling program, approval was given by the Académie Nationale des Sciences in 2014. The project began to take shape. It consists of the creation of two hubs:
- A sports and leisure hub for swimming and leisure activities. The Olympic swimming pool will remain open for learners and experienced competitive swimmers alike. There will still be an outdoor swimming pool with a combined swimming and fun pool. This will feature areas reserved for babies and younger children as well as a fun space with diving boards and flumes.
- A well-being/health hub encompassing well-being and thermal sporting activities, as well as a spa.
Grand Nancy Thermal will be aimed both at the general public, people taking health cures, sports people and those interested in preventive healthcare.
It is set to open in 2020 on completion of two years' work. Grand Nancy Thermal will be able to boast that it has the only French thermal facilities located in the heart of a major city. It is also the first thermal spa to be created in