The Buxton Crescent
The Buxton Crescent is an iconic, Grade I listed, Georgian building, one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the country, and one of the first purpose built hotels in the country.
It was built by the fifth Duke of Devonshire in the 1780s as a centrepiece to establish Buxton as a fashionable Georgian spa town. Designed by John Carr of York, it originally housed two hotels and private lodging houses. Following various uses throughout the 20th Century, it closed in 1992.
Essential repair works were carried out in the mid-1990s afterwhich the ‘Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa project’ was launched by owners High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council. In 2003, they partnered with the Trevor Osborne Property Group and CP Holdings Ltd (who own Danubius Hotel and Spa Group – Europe’s largest hotel and spa operator).
The Restoration Project
The £50m renovation development project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, English Heritage, D2N2 LEP and developer Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Co Ltd.
The contractors to carry out the restoration is experienced Vinci. They started on site in April 2016 following work carried out on the Pump Room.
HLF awarded a further £11.3m towards the major project to secure the long-term future of the building. The extra money was essential to unlock the plans following various unforeseen cost increases and delays.
The restored building will become a 79-bedroom, 5-star hotel and spa incorporating the neighbouring Natural Baths with a state-of-the-art, thermal, natural mineral water spa and six specialist, boutique shops.
Plans, supported by HLF, include an interactive visitor centre, tearoom and heritage experience in the Grade II listed Pump Room – open to the public free of charge – as well as enabling public access and interpretation of the Assembly Rooms.
Watch the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust’s new 5 minute video created in November 2017, featuring their Patron the Duke of Devonshire to find out details about the Crescent restoration project, plans for the hotel and spa and the Visitor Experience.
Official photographer for the Crescent Project, Rachel Baker, took the “before” images, some of which you can see below. We are very much looking forward to the “after” images! You can see more of her photographs on her website here.
For more information…
The Trust’s website features further information on the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust. http://buxtoncrescenttrust.org/
If you would like any more information, please get in touch with Liz Mackenzie, Engagement & Events Manager for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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