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Chester Campus

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A few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the 32 acre campus houses the institution’s original Victorian buildings, opened in 1842, including a chapel built by the first students and Senate House, once home to the early Principals.

New-building projects have included: a £5 million base for the Faculty of Health and Social Care, complete with clinical skills laboratories; and the Binks Building, at the heart of the campus, which provides lecture theatres and other teaching spaces, office accommodation and language laboratories.

With an ever-expanding student body, Chester Students’ Union has outgrown its original accommodation in the De Bunsen Building and a £2 million new building now provides a shop, rooms for club and society representatives, offices for sabbatical officers and a meeting place for the Executive Team.

Major refurbishments have also been carried out to Chester Business School in the Rigg Building close to the Chester campus, biological and sports science laboratories and the Best Building, which counselling studio and interview rooms for Social and Communication Studies and a soils laboratory and map room for Geography and Development Studies.

Sports facilities include a fully-equipped sports hall, fitness suite, squash courts and grass and 3G all-weather pitches. The largest auditorium, Molloy Hall, hosts major arts events, such as those associated with the Chester Literature Festival, and conferences. Nearby, the English Department is situated in a Victorian former vicarage, while History and Archaeology has moved from the 18th-century Blue Coat School (both listed buildings), to Binks building.

In 2013 brand new student accommodation was opened; Grosvenor House has 202 en-suite rooms on-campus and Sumner House (the former Travelodge at the Fountains’ Roundabout) has 160 en-suite off-campus rooms.  The North West Food Research Development Centre will also be opening soon; a unique centre of excellence for new product development, research and innovation in food and drink production.

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