Buxton Crescent is a Grade-I-listed building in the town of Buxton, Derbyshire, England. Owing much to the Royal Crescent in Bath, but described by the Royal Institute of British Architects as “more richly decorated and altogether more complex”, it was designed by the architect John Carr, and built for the Fifth Duke of Devonshire between 1780 and 1789
We are the conservation architects and provide holistic historic building advice for the repair and conversion of this group of buildings which form the original baths in Buxton. These buildings are grade I listed and the proposal is to create a 5* spa hotel and community building; Unfortunately the project has suffered a series of delays, including funding and technical and legal issues relating to the continued supply of water from springs beneath the buildings to Nestlé, the bottler of Buxton Water, and it was not until April 2012 that an agreement between the joint councils and the developer to start the first phase of the project could be signed. Phase one work on the then £35 million project for a 79-bedroom 5-star hotel, natural baths, a visitor interpretation centre, a thermal mineral water spa and specialist shops commenced in the summer of 2012. Funding problems delayed the main part of project further, but with a loan guarantee from Derbyshire County Council and an additional grant of £11.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund announced in 2014, work is expected to resume in 2015. A further £2 million is still required for the now £46 million development.
We hope to provide further updates as the project progresses.