Welcome news on the Buxton Crescent this week, with the announcement that main contract, for works to restore the building to use as a 5-star thermal spa hotel, shops and visitor centre have been signed off allowing works to get under way.
The £50 million development is being funded by a £23.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, alongside funding from High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Historic England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and the developer Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Co Ltd.
The building which has been in the ownership of the two council since the 80’s, has had a long, complicated and sometimes frustrating journey to get to the point where the main works are ready to begin, but it is hoped that the regeneration of the building will not just benefit Buxton, but the whole of the High Peak as well, providing a boost to the local economy and another great reason to visit Derbyshire and the Peak District.
As leader of the Labour Group on the Borough, it’s a testament to the perseverance of staff, elected members and many others over many years and various administrations to get the project to a point where work will commence to bring this wonderful Grade I building back in to use, and I’d echo the words of the head of the HLF in the East Midlands who expresses thanks to players of the National Lottery amongst the many other bodies for making the investment possible.
I just hope that with the lessons learned throughout the process of the many, many years, that it has taken to get the Crescent to this point, it will enable a much quicker journey to get Glossop Hall’s to a similar stage.