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The University of Chester has launched the search for a development partner to engage in a multi-million pound Thornton Science Park opportunity that will see the Park grow further as an international centre for energy technology and innovation.

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The search

Thornton Science Park offers a distinctive development proposition, through the co-location of business and the University of Chester on a working industrial campus, resulting in the collaborative blend of industry, skills, research and innovation across the high growth and nationally strategic sectors of energy, environmental technologies, automotive and advanced manufacturing.

An official partner of the Northern Powerhouse, Thornton is playing a strategically important role in the development of UK’s Clean Growth Grand Challenge, linking its sector specialisms to the Government’s Industrial Strategy through multiple regional projects.

Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the 25 hectare (61.5 acre) Park was acquired by the University of Chester in 2014 and is now home to its Faculty of Science and Engineering and 37 dynamic commercial businesses.

A blend of historic and modern buildings surrounds the green academic ‘heart’ of the site, creating an attractive working environment.

Strategically located near Ellesmere Port (Junction 14 of M56) within the Cheshire Science Corridor, north east of Chester, Thornton Science Park benefits from Enterprise Zone status and is uniquely placed within one of the nation’s primary areas of industrial innovation.

Being adjacent to the internationally important Protos site, Thornton Science Park can offer businesses an holistic experience from first concept through to volume manufacturing.



The University of Chester and its partners have already made significant investment in Thornton Science Park to enact the vision, which is to be:

'Internationally recognised as a centre for technology innovation that seamlessly melds together the worlds of industry and research to transform the local, regional and national economy.’