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 winner of Buxton Spa Prize, Sandra Orme has captured a moment in the Crescent's restoration in her work entitled 'Rising anew upon the Stones of the old'. The Buxton Spa Prize exhibition featuring work by over 100 artists is open until the 14 August at The Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall behind Buxton Museum. Artists from across the UK painted the town in the open air (en plein air) during May and June. The exhibition of the artist’s work which can be purchased has attracted great local and national interest.
The Buxton Spa Prize 2016 sponsored by The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, The University of Derby & Vision Buxton
For further details on the exhibition, competition, other winners please visit www.buxtonspaprize.co.uk
50 musicians and 15 acts performed on the Pump Room roof opposite Buxton’s Crescent on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July in a free event attended by over 1,500 people. The line up featured a great variety of styles and sounds enjoyed by residents, visitors and tourists. Over 100 bands applied to perform. For further details please visit www.pumproomlive.com or to find out about plans for 2017 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reunion event for anyone who worked at the Library during it's time in the Crescent is planned for Thursday 29 September from 2pm. The event will include a chance to share Library memories, an update on plans for the project and tour of the Assembly Room. For further details please email email@example.com