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 heritage experience and development of the Pump Room will also provide new indoor attraction for visitors, schools, tour groups and tourists.
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.
The developers have identified VINCI Construction UK for the main contract. Now work has started, it is anticipated that the Hotel and Spa and Pump Room will open in 2018.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
New interpretation boards on the Crescent hoardings explore and compare the experiences and work of the architect of the Crescent John Carr of York with VINCI Construction and the contractors working on the building today. The project was the product of concerted research at the Chatsworth Archive, the Derbyshire Records office, other county archives and numerous publications that delve into the well-researched history of the Buxton and the Crescent. Key findings can be read on the Read More link below...
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton and District U3A, Discover Buxton, Liz Mackenzie the Community Officer from the Crescent project and Daniel Atherton the Crescent Researcher are working together on a project to capture memories and create an audio archive. Buxton’s ‘Present from the Past’ project will capture sound-bites and snap-shots of the town and bring the rich history of Buxton and surrounding area to life.
The memories collected will be deposited at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and the Derbyshire Record Office and be part of the Collections in the Landscape project at the Museum as well as help inform the development of the Buxton Crescent and Spa Heritage Experience. A selection of the fascinating recollections including the 2 on the homepage recollecting the closure of the library in 1992 and memories of the Natural Baths in the early 1950's, will also be used in tours of the town for local people, visitors and tourists and play a part in future research, education and schools projects.
Anyone who is interested in the project, has memories they would like to share or would like record the memories of others are invited to contact Liz Mackenzie email: email@example.com.
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.