Work steaming ahead at iconic spa building

After a delay, work is progressing well at Buxton’s iconic Crescent building.

Developer Trevor Osborne said a lot of time and effort had gone into the ‘enabling’ preliminary work on the Crescent, which includes a lot of restructuring and the creation of a large basement.

“It’s very tricky work in technical terms and so that’s been slow,” he said.

“We mustn’t disturb the flow or the quality of the water.”

He added that he hoped this work would be completed by the end of June, after that the company will begin interviewing for the main contract.

Once the £35million project is finished, the Crescent will be the first genuine spa hotel in England for more than 100 years.

The grade I listed building will be transformed into a 79–bedroom, five star spa hotel.

Trevor said: “At the moment we have done a lot of work to the pump room and that’s looking really quite nice now.”

He said they were creating a roof terrace on the top of the Pump Room that they were planning on allowing bands to perform on as part of the Buxton Fringe Festival.

The work being undertaken on the Pump Room has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council and the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Company.

It will act as an information centre for the rest of the scheme before eventually being converted into a cafe.

The overall development will incorporate the Natural Baths and include a visitor interpretation centre.