The Crescent was the centrepiece of the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s plans to establish a fashionable Georgian spa town in Buxton. The grade 1 listed building is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the country. The redevelopment and restoration will secure a major investment of circa £50 million in Buxton and put the town back on the national and international map as England’s leading spa town. The project will create in excess of 140 permanent jobs, 350 construction related jobs and many more permanent jobs indirectly through new spa-related businesses resulting in a boost the local economy by over £4.5 million. The Crescent and Thermal Spa Experience and development of the Pump Room will also provide new indoor attraction for residents, visitors, groups and schools.
Plans for the Crescent include a 80-bedroom 5* spa hotel occupying the majority of the Crescent and which will incorporate the magnificent Assembly Rooms and a thermal natural mineral water spa in the Natural Baths. The project will also feature 6 retail units in the front ground floor.
The project is estimated to cost over £46 million. Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Co Ltd will fund just under £18 million with the rest coming from the public sector. Crucial to the success of the scheme is a £23.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund together with a £2 million grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and £0.5 million from Historic England. High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council are each contributing £1 million each.
VINCI Construction UK started work early in 2016 and it is anticipated that the Hotel and Spa and Pump Room will open in 2019.
The Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Heritage Trust Ltd will run the Visitor Experience in the Pump Room and a selection spaces in the Crescent.
Link below to ITV Granada Reports coverage of the project from February 2017.
The Present from the Past Oral History Project aims to capture memories of Buxton which will be used to support a fuller understanding of the history of the town. The partners including the Crescent Trust, Buxton Museum, Discover Buxton Tours and Buxton U3A are dedicated to establishing an archive which can be accessed by any interested parties to further explore Buxton’s past. Please contact email@example.com for further details or if you have memories you wish to share. Examples of recent interviews recollecting the closure of the library in 1992 and memories of the Natural Baths in the early 1950’s can be heard below:
A new era in the Crescent’s fascinating history was marked with the launch of the Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Heritage Trust in a celebratory event in the Pump Room. Over 100 guests joined the Trust’s Patron the Duke of Devonshire and the Duchess, the Trust Chair James Berresford and Trustees on 20th June in the Grade 2 Victorian Pump Room which has recently been restored.
The Heritage Trust has been established to preserve the stunning Crescent buildings and to create an inspiring visitor experience in The Pump Room and a suite of rooms in The Crescent. The Trust will be run by people who are passionate about the Crescent, its heritage and the town. As a charitable organisation The Trust will receive start up and development funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, but will not receive regular funding in the future, so will be launching a fundraising campaign to deliver it’s aims and to develop an exceptional asset for the town and area,
Tideswell Male Voice Choir performed for 64 members and guests of the High Peak Business Club in in the newly restored Pump Room on June 22nd.
Guests and members were updated on the Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Heritage Trust's plans for the Pump Room and enjoyed a great choral performance, networking, Pimms and strawberries in the stunning space. The concert also provided the opportunity to test acoustics in the Pump Room as the Trust plan further events and previews.
Thirteen key local organisations and groups have been meeting every other month for over a year to offer advice and support for the Crescent and Pump Room development. The Crescent and Pump Room Stakeholder Consultation Group includes key representatives from the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust, Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa, High Peak Borough Council and HLF and is attended by key contacts from Devonshire Campus, Chatsworth, Buxton Museum, Buxton Opera House, Poole’s Cavern and the Civic Association, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Town Team, Vision Buxton, Buxton Festival, Discover Buxton Tours, Marketing Peak District and the Buxton and District U3A.