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Posted: Friday 11th November 2016

Hire specialist Sykes Pumps is playing its part in restoring the Grade I listed Buxton Crescent to former glories. The imposing building, constructed by the Fifth Duke of Devonshire, is being saved from dereliction and transformed into a luxury hotel and spa as part of a £46 million refurbishment project.

Buxton Crescent was the centrepiece of the Fifth Duke of Devonshire’s plans to establish a fashionable Georgian spa town in Buxton. There are several natural sources close to the building, including the famous Buxton source which is still enjoyed by locals from a pump opposite the development site and owned by Nestle, which bottles the water for sale.

The project will see an 80-bedroom, five-star spa hotel occupying the majority of the Crescent, which will incorporate the magnificent Assembly Rooms, and a thermal natural mineral water spa. The development will also feature six retail units on the ground floor.

The proximity of the local water table has presented challenges to the construction team during the works. Sykes Pumps has supplied submersible pumps to ground-works specialist Hannafin Contractors for two phases of the works so far.

Four 3 inch electric submersible pumps were supplied to enable construction of the kitchen and plant room areas at the rear of the proposed hotel. The pumps managed the flow from several locations while ensuring that there was no interruption or diversion to the main Buxton source.

More recently, two 2 inch submersible pumps have been used to manage the water table during the underpinning works to the main building and installation of the electrical services for the hotel’s new lift shafts.

“In both phases, electric pumps were used to avoid any risk of diesel contamination of the water source,” says Joseph Priest of Sykes Pumps. The water has been pumped to a filtration unit before being released into the building’s original 18th century drains and ultimately into the Derbyshire Wye River, a waterway famous for the quality of its fly fishing.

Main contractor on the project is Vinci Construction UK. It is anticipated that the hotel and spa will open in 2018.

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