First phase of work at Buxton’s iconic Crescent is complete

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The regeneration of Buxton’s iconic Crescent is progressing well with the first phase of work now complete.

The £35 million transformation of the Grade I listed building and adjoining Grade II listed Natural Baths and Pump Room will deliver:

• A 79-bedroom, 5-star spa hotel incorporating the neighbouring Natural Baths

• A brand new visitor interpretation centre

• A state-of-the-art thermal, natural mineral water spa

• Seven specialist shops

The flagship project is being funded by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage and its developer Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Co Ltd.

The first stage of the programme, to construct a basement between the Crescent and the culverted River Wye as well as a package of essential conservation and enabling works, is now nearing completion and the contractor, Vinci, is preparing to move off the site.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the borough council, said: “This is great news for the Crescent project which is returning this fantastic heritage building to full use and has cultural significance not just for Buxton and the High Peak but nationally as well.

“Now that these first enabling works have been successfully completed, we can move forward and work on the very detailed specifications we need to seek competitive tenders for the main contract.”

Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Co Ltd granted the contract for these works. Trevor Osborne from the company said: “This part of the project presented construction and hydrology challenges and I’m delighted that by working closely with Vinci we’ve managed this in a professional manner.

“What we’ve learnt from this initial stage will advise the further works in the basement area and be of benefit to contractors who tender for the main work.”