Leander Architectural completes fine metalwork at the Spectacular Buxton Crescent Luxury Spa Hotel

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Leander’s project covered the majority of the architectural metalwork and artefact restoration within the Grade I listed building in the heart of the Peak District, which is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the country. Our wide ranging works included; restoration of the original feature lanterns around the façade, modification of historic columns, replication and rebuilding of complex staircase balustrading, discrete adaption of handrails to current building standards, conservation of historic wooden baths/trucks, interior and exterior bespoke gates.

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.

Gareth Roberts, CEO said “This historic landmark has undergone an extensive and detail programme of restoration works that involved a an ingenious fusion of very traditional skills and modern manufacturing techniques to complete. Our client Buxton Crescent Ltd are extremely proud of the finished result, its an amazing facility and resource. It was a highlight project for our involvement due to its raised profile profile and proximity to us.  Our local area will be left with a lasting social and economic legacy, which will be enjoyed for years to come”.

Andrew Ryan, Development Director for the Trevor Osborne Property Group said: “This was a complex regeneration project needing companies capable of offering a high degree of craftsmanship. Leander Architectural delivered well designed metalwork to numerous areas of the building, meaning that we asked them to take on even the most complex jobs. Their contribution has helped to ensure that 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.

Leander Architectural were tasked with restoring, rebuilding and replicating many original architectural metalwork features (& spa fixtures) of the historic building, as well as providing a range of complimentary new bespoke items 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.

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