Buxton’s Crescent among top 10 priorities

The Crescent, Buxton
The Crescent, Buxton

BUXTON’S magnificent Crescent has been named as one of English Heritage’s top ten priorities in the East Midlands.

The grade I listed building, which has been vacant since the 1990s, has been included on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register for a number of years.

Planning permission to convert the historic building into a five-star luxury spa hotel has been granted but work has yet to start on the project.

Much of the funding for the scheme is already in place, with donations from English Heritage among the support received, though there is still a shortfall that needs to be met.

Trevor Osborne, of the Trevor Osborne Property Group, one of the developers behind the project, said: “I welcome the clear evidence of English Heritage’s concern and strong support for our restoration programme.

“The positioning of the Crescent and the Natural Baths amongst the top priority buildings at risk demonstrates how important it is that this project moves forward, bringing an end to years of vacancy and deterioration.”

And Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “There is nothing new about The Crescent’s appearance on English Heritage’s At Risk Register.

“What is new is that today we are in a very different position from previous years as we are on the verge of starting the project’s enabling works.

“Hopefully this will soon mean that our much-loved Crescent will be well on its way to restoration and will not appear on English Heritage’s At Risk reports in future.”

English Heritage say the Crescent is a priority D building in a Conservation Area, which means there is slow decay and a solution has been agreed but not yet implemented.

The report adds that extensive external repairs were completed between 1993 and 1996 after intervention by the then Secretary of State for National Heritage, but that further repairs are needed to the interior ready for the building’s new use as a hotel.

The Crescent was designed by John Carr and built between 1780 and 1789. It has had many uses over the years including a period as the St Ann’s Hotel,but the building has been empty since 1992.