University of Chester, Thornton Science Park

University of Chester, Thornton Science Park

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The University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park (TSP) is leading research and innovation Science Park, specialising in  energy and the clean growth agenda. The site benefits from a diverse range of accommodation ranging from good quality office/workspace to modern high end purpose-built laboratories. With over 30 companies located on site who all work within the science and technology industries this site provides a number of opportunities for networking and collaborating with industry and academic experts. Thornton is also proud to be home to the HyNet North West consortium as well as the local Protos development office.

Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the 25 hectare (66 acre) Park was acquired by the University of Chester in 2014. The site is now used for innovative post-graduate research along with the dynamic commercial occupants.

The Energy Centre at Thornton aims to promote growth and acceleration in the development and deployment of energy-related technologies. There are opportunities to forge close collaborative research projects and develop relationships with academic experts as well as access to student researchers and graduate workforce.

Along with office and laboratory space the site includes: industrial test bays, on-site catering and coffee shop, meeting room access, heat, light, power and internet access, on-site parking, an on-site cleaning service and wrap around business support including fully-funded ERDF programmes delivered by a dedicated Business Engagement Team.


Thornton Science Park is located near the village of Ince, just outside Chester. It is accessible via the M56, and direct public transport from Helsby and Ellesmere Port.

Other commercial facilities at the University of Chester

NoWFOOD at the University of Chester provides a comprehensive package of support to emerging food enterprises, as well as research and support for established food and drink manufacturers. The Centre provides business growth support, access to specialist resources, and incubation space for start-ups. The sensory suite is a unique offering in which businesses can gain crucial sensory feedback from customers.

The Riverside Innovation Centre is a city-centre facility dedicated to the development of business potential. The hub, which is located on the banks of the River Dee at the University’s ‘Riverside Campus,’ provides business office space alongside professional conferencing and meeting facilities.



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