Contractor chosen for main construction work at Buxton’s Crescent

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International contractor Vinci has been chosen to undertake the main construction work to transform Buxton’s Crescent into a five-star spa hotel, it has been announced this afternoon.

The £37 million project, funded by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and developer the Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Co Ltd will see the iconic building converted into a 79-bedroom hotel with a new visitor interpretation centre, a state-of-the-art thermal, natural mineral water spa and seven specialist shops.

Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “This is the news we’ve all been waiting for and moves this huge project to restore these locally and nationally important heritage buildings at the heart of Buxton onto the next exciting stage. The proposals will deliver facilities befitting Buxton’s aspirations as England’s leading spa town.”

And developer Trevor Osborne added: “Vinci has the experience to deliver such a high-profile project having successfully completed the first phase of development including constructing a basement between the Crescent and the culverted River Wye and a package of essential conservation and enabling works. We’re delighted to have them on board and are all eagerly anticipating construction work beginning in earnest.”

A public meeting to provide more details of the project is taking place at the Octagon, Pavilion Gardens at 6pm on September 10.

See Thursday’s Buxton Advertiser for the full story.