New location of University’s Business School

Posted on 4th March 2015

An iconic Chester building is being brought back to life as part of the University of Chester’s ongoing investment in academic facilities.

We are very mindful that one of those interested parties is the surrounding community and can assure residents that over the summer we will restore the Capital and Bridge buildings and their grounds to their former glory.
Professor Tim Wheeler

The University of Chester’s Business School will relocate to a new, non-residential campus located at Capital and Bridge House, Queen’s Park, Handbridge, for the start of the academic year in September 2015.

The Neo-Georgian Capital House building, completed at the outbreak of World War Two, was the Western Command Headquarters of the Army controlling its forces from Hadrian’s Wall on the Scottish border, right down to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. It was of great strategic importance and reputedly the site of top secret meetings between Sir Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower and General De Gaulle.

The modern Bridge House was built in 1997 and its most recent occupant was Lloyds Banking Group.

Both buildings have been empty since Lloyds Banking Group vacated the premises in 2010.

Chester Business School will enjoy state-of-the-art learning facilities, with close proximity to the city centre and Chester Business Park and excellent transport links. It will give ease of access to local companies who make use of the Business School’s many services for businesses including world leading research, workforce development and consultancy and provide an ideal venue for business conferences and events. Postgraduate, undergraduate, international and part-time professional students will all utilise the new site, which will offer programmes including the MBA, and postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in International Business, Management, Accounting, Marketing, Tourism and Events Management.

Students will benefit from outstanding new facilities including 200-seat lecture theatres, a dedicated business library, PC suites and networking areas and a Starbucks ‘grab and go cafeteria’.  It will also include a top floor, brasserie style dining room with picturesque views over the River Dee, and 2.3 acres of campus grounds with formal gardens and walkways.

Professor Ruth Ashford, Executive Dean of the University of Chester Business School, said: “This is truly one of the city’s most imposing sites, which has great synergy with the professional nature of the business education and world class research undertaken at Chester Business School. It will really add value to our students’ experience. 

“It is wonderful to think that we will be developing our students as tomorrow’s strategic leaders in a building which was the central command post for such important world leaders who shaped our future.”

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, said: “In the 21st-century, the worlds of higher education and business are inextricably linked and our new Handbridge site presents a suitably impressive value proposition for all our stakeholders.

“We are very mindful that one of those interested parties is the surrounding community and can assure residents that over the summer we will restore the Capital and Bridge buildings and their grounds to their former glory.

“This is an important acquisition in the University’s 175th anniversary year and will form part of our commemorative celebrations.”