Construction has begun on a major £46m scheme to restore Buxton’s historic Crescent, which will see the development of a new five-star hotel on the site.
The Grade-I listed Crescent is to be transformed into a five-star, 79-bedroom spa hotel incorporating neighbouring natural baths, a thermal mineral water spa and specialist shops.
And while work is yet to begin on this section, the refurbishment of the Crescent’s Pump Room has now started, with Manchester & Cheshire Construction hired to carry out the £600,000 project, which is expected to take 22 weeks to complete.
When finished, it will become a visitor centre, tearoom and heritage experience to complement the new hotel.
The Crescent has stood empty since 1992 and its conversion into a five-star hotel has been planned for more than 10 years, with planning permission for the new development granted in 2006.
Set backs were caused due to funding problems which have now been smoothed out.
Funding for the Crescent restoration is coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside support from High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Historic England and developer Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Company.
Speaking to Manchester’s Evening News, councillor Tony Kemp, deputy leader of High Peak Borough Council and executive councillor for regeneration, said: “The Pump Room project marks the start of the renaissance of these iconic buildings which will cement Buxton’s place as England’s leading spa town.
“It’s a momentous milestone for the Crescent project, the town of Buxton and the High Peak and wider region.”