VINCI Construction UK has received practical completion on the superb Buxton Crescent Hotel project.
The project, which was a traditionally procured contract for the refurbishment and remodelling of a Grade I listed building in the heart of the Peak District, is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the country. Works included an 81-bedroom, luxury spa hotel occupying the Crescent and incorporating the magnificent Assembly Rooms and the Natural Baths featuring the original thermal mineral pool.
An enabling works contract was completed by VINCI Construction UK in 2012 to demolish later additions to the original building, along with construction of a reinforced concrete basement to house plant rooms and kitchen facilities for the planned hotel upon completion.
Following extensive pre-construction involvement VINCI undertook the main works in 2016, which involved full restoration of the building envelope, a new build extension to form a new roof top swimming pool, restaurant and spa facilities complementing the existing Natural Baths building. This was fully refurbished following extensive structural repair and alteration to return the two original pools to use, alongside a host of modern and traditional spa facilities.
The Crescent has undergone major structural repair work throughout followed by a full refurbishment to provide communal areas, conference and function facilities along with six retail units at ground floor level and a heritage visitor experience area, all complementing the 81-bedrooms and suites.
Chris Winspear, Regional Director said "This beautifully restored, landmark hotel building has had an extensive programme of works that involved some ingenious solutions to some complex challenges. Our client Buxton Crescent Ltd and all the stakeholders involved including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Derbyshire County Council, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Historic England and High Peak Borough Council are extremely proud of the results, it looks amazing.
“It was important to us that the project delivered value to the local community and that Buxton was left with a lasting social and economic legacy. I’m sure it will be enjoyed by many people for years to come”.
Andrew Ryan, Development Director for the Trevor Osborne Property Group said: “This was a highly complex project with many unforeseen difficulties, on which the whole team had to quickly adapt and work together to deliver the amazing outcome. The properties now have a sustainable long term future as a unique thermal spa hotel”.
Buxton’s Crescent, built between 1780 and 1789, is a Georgian-era gem and is arguably one of the finest buildings of its type. Grade I-listed, it was built by the fifth Duke of Devonshire as part of his attempts to make Buxton England’s foremost spa town.
It was originally used as six opulent Georgian homes but has gone through several incarnations since then. Part of the building acted as a hotel until 1989, while other parts were occupied by Derbyshire County Council and used as offices and a public library until these were relocated in 1992. Since then it has sat empty, which almost threatened to be the final chapter for this stunning heritage building.
A similar fate befell the adjoining Grade II-listed natural baths complex, which sits over the source of the town’s famous mineral water, and has been largely empty since 1972, with only a tourist office operating from part of the building until the early 2010s.
VINCI Construction UK were contracted to bring these two listed buildings up to 21st-century standards, with a comprehensive refurbishment for our client Buxton Crescent Limited (a Joint Venture between the developer, the Trevor Osborne Property Group and CP Holdings Ltd).
The new hotel and spa will be operated by Ensana, Europe’s leading health spa operator. The hotel will revive the wellness traditions of this historic spa town and provides over 100 jobs which will benefit the local economy.
Image credit: ENSANA
Date: 16 October 2020