Thornton Science Park

Early 2013 saw one of the most exciting developments in the history of the University of Chester, when it was announced that the University had acquired the site of the Shell Technology Centre at Thornton, Cheshire.

Thornton Science Park is now a major research and innovation hub, and offers a unique blend of industry, innovation and academia.

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Thornton Science Park is unique and provides a learning environment shaped with innovation at its core; benefiting students, industry and the wider community."

Thornton Science Park offers a number of benefits to businesses and students alike:

  • For students, the opportunity to study using state-of-the-art facilities alongside on-site science and technology employers is unique. Thornton Science Park is home to multiple degrees that have been designed with employability at their core.
  • Thornton Science Park offers 22 ‘incubator spaces’ for young and developing enterprises. Businesses in the environment, engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors benefit from specialist on-site facilities and accommodation as well as support through specialist knowledge and expertise from leading academics.
  • Larger firms and multinationals are offered a range of commercial options at the site, both through partnerships with the University and other stakeholders.
  • The 66-acre site contains over 1 million square feet of industrial laboratories, workshops and office space for new and existing companies.
  • University of Chester provides support to industry for research, development and skills as the bedrock of innovation and business creation.  These are crucial drivers of productivity and economic impact. More information about the business and industry support provided by University of Chester can be found on our Business Growth pages.

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