Buxton Crescent restoration project wins national architecture award
The project to revive of one of Buxton’s most famous landmark buildings has been lauded with a national architecture award. The Buxton Crescent hotel and thermal spa regeneration project claimed the title for best restoration in an urban setting at the 2021 Georgian Group Architectural Awards announced at a ceremony in London earlier this month. The awards, now in their 17th year, celebrate those who have demonstrated the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes and create new work in the spirit of the Georgian era across the United Kingdom.
The Crescent opened in 1789 and housed two of the earliest grand hotels in England - the St Ann’s Hotel and the Great Hotel, along with a number of lodging houses. After many different uses, including a hospital, library, council offices and a hotel, parts of the Buxton Crescent building fell into serious disrepair in the early 1990s and the building closed to the public.
Ensana Hotels and its partners undertook an all-encompassing refurbishment programme of Buxton Crescent and the Victorian natural baths. This now forms an extensive 21st century spa hotel featuring many traditional treatments and historical artefacts.