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Blue heading text: Welcome to Thornton Science Park

Thornton Science Park is a major research and innovation hub. Formerly the Shell Technology Centre, Thornton, it offers a unique blend of industry, innovation and academia. Its uniqueness is the combination of a number of impressive assets including:

  • Legacy - An enviable history as the former Shell Technology and Research Centre in operation for over 75 years.
  • Scale - The 66 acre site offers over 1 million square feet of industrial laboratories, workshops and office space for new and existing companies.
  • Innovation – An emerging centre of excellence for the energy, engineering and advanced manufacturing industries. Contributing to the vision to form a Northern Powerhouse with direct support from UK Government and ERDF co-funded projects.
  • Location - Parallel to the M56 and close to the M6 and M53 motorways with Liverpool and Manchester Airport less than a 30 minute drive.

The University of Chester has created the opportunity and environment to build a world-class innovation centre. Thornton Science Park will remain at the forefront of scientific research for years to come and will play an important role in realising the Government’s vision to build a “Northern Powerhouse” in our region.

For students, Thornton Science Park offers the opportunity to study in a world-class facility and work with leading science and technology employers on-site and throughout the local area. Study at Thornton.

For businesses Thornton not only encourages open innovation, but the opportunity to work with leading academics in the field of Renewable and Alternative Energy sources, Electronic & Electrical engineering, Chemical engineering, Mechanical engineering and Natural Sciences. In addition our established programmes in Mathematics, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Project Management and Gaming add another dimension to our business engagement opportunities across a variety of sectors. Collaborate with Thornton.

We have a number of fascinating research projects underway that will not only influence strategies for individual companies but industry as a whole. Thornton is unique and provides a learning environment shaped with innovation at its core; benefiting students, industry and the wider community.


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