Progress of Buxton Crescent restoration praised by Historic England

The restoration of Buxton's Crescent gets underway.
The restoration of Buxton's Crescent gets underway.

The body responsible for protecting England’s at-risk historic buildings has lauded praise on the progress to restore Buxton’s Crescent.

Historic England said “good progress” was being made on the £50 million project to return the famous Georgian Crescent to full use as a thermal spa and five-star hotel and heritage centre.

Repairs in progress at the Pump Room, Buxton, Derbyshire. � Historic England

Repairs in progress at the Pump Room, Buxton, Derbyshire. � Historic England

The comments coincide with the launch today (Friday) of its latest Heritage at Risk Register, an annual snapshot of the health of England’s historic environment.

The long-awaited main programme of work on the redevelopment of the Grade-I-listed Crescent began earlier this year.

Phase one of repairs and refurbishment of the Grade-II listed Pump Room is already complete.

Historic England, which has provided significant grant aid and on-going technical advice, believes that once restored, the complex will become a premier destination, but with 21st century luxury.

Visitors gathered to view St Ann's Well in the basement of the Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire � Historic England Archive

Visitors gathered to view St Ann's Well in the basement of the Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire � Historic England Archive

Ben Robinson, Heritage at Risk principal for Historic England in the East Midlands, said: “Historic England is thrilled that the Crescent project is taking great strides forward.

“Major regeneration projects like this require a huge amount of effort from many people and organisations.

“We are very pleased indeed that our grant funding and technical advice is helping to make it happen.”

Buxton’s Crescent is one of eight High Peak buildings and locations to appear on the Heritage at Risk register.

The Pump Room, Buxton, Derbyshire. � Historic England

The Pump Room, Buxton, Derbyshire. � Historic England

The others include Stodhart Tunnel in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Cowdale Quarry near Buxton, Torr Vale Mill in New Mills, the Whaley Bridge transhipment warehouse and Christ Church in Burbage.

Across the East Midlands as a whole, 25 sites have been removed from the latest register and 37 sites have been added because of concerns about their condition, including 23 places of worship.

The Heritage at Risk Register 2016 reveals that across the region, 124 grade I and II* listed buildings, 135 scheduled monuments, 117 places of worship, six registered parks and gardens and 73 conservation areas are at risk of neglect, decay or inappropriate change. There are 455 assets on the East Midlands register, 37 more than in 2015.

Mr Robinson added: “Historic England continues to invest grant aid and to dedicate time and expertise working with owners, developers and communities to find solutions to rescue precious sites so people can continue to enjoy them and the stories they tell about our past.”

The Pump Room, Buxton, Derbyshire. � Historic England

The Pump Room, Buxton, Derbyshire. � Historic England