Public meeting to hear about Crescent development scheme

A PUBLIC meeting explaining the major restoration project currently underway on Buxton’s iconic Crescent will take place on Monday.

Work to transform the historic building into the UK’s first new genuine spa hotel in over 100 years began last month.

And developer Trevor Osborne, who has been working on the scheme for nine years, will outline the works which will be undertaken at a meeting taking place at the University of Derby, Buxton Dome on July 30 at 6pm.

The meeting will give local residents the chance to have their questions answered as well as learn more about the works programme and what it means to Buxton.

Mr Osborne said: “It is one of England’s greatest buildings in England’s greatest small town. I hope to see you all on Monday, July 30.”

The long-awaited and much-delayed £35 million project will see the grade I listed building transformed into a 79-bedroom, five star spa hotel. The work is to be split into two main phases, with the first phase getting underway last month after the signing of a landmark legal agreement between landowners High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council and the Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Company.

The first phase of the project, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), English Heritage, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council and the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Company, will include repairs to the Pump Room which will act as an information centre for the rest of the scheme before eventually being converted into a cafe.

The development will incorporate the neighbouring Natural Baths and also include a visitor interpretation centre, a state-of-the-art thermal, natural mineral water spa and eight specialist shops.

Once the work is completed, English Heritage will be able to remove the Crescent from its Buildings at Risk Register.

The Crescent, designed by John Carr and built between 1779 and 1789, has stood empty since 1992.