Protos is an energy and resource hub located near Ellesmere Port in the North West of England. It clusters together innovative technologies, connecting energy intensive businesses with sources of low carbon energy. It could see over 3,000 jobs created and over £700m invested in the local area.
Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is the landowner and developed the strategic vision for Protos, including securing outline planning permission. We have developed the road infrastructure and nature areas and are responsible for providing services including water, energy and telecomms. We also provide overall estate management for Protos, including the nature areas.
To read more and discover further information visit the Peel NRE website
Part of the University of Chester, Thornton Science Park is a research and innovation hub at the former Shell site at Thornton, Cheshire. The high-tech campus includes over 1 million sq.ft of laboratories and workshops and a £7 million Energy Centre. An incubation hub means innovative ideas can be taken from inception and demonstration at Thornton to application at Protos.
Such links are essential if we are to create a skilled workforce in the UK. Institutions such as the University of Chester can provide world-class facilities and expert support and resources. However, links to businesses increase access to employers for students. This can provide them with the experience and exposure to forge a lasting career in highly-skilled sectors.
Protos is located within a region renowned for industry and manufacturing. By providing a link between education and industry, Protos can provide the setting for skilled individuals to be retained in the North of England and not lost overseas.
Protos clusters together innovative technologies in energy generation and resource management that are leading the way on the clean growth agenda. As we move towards net zero carbon emissions, Protos can help businesses meet their sustainability objectives and develop a blueprint for the rest of the UK.
The area around Protos is at the forefront of UK manufacturing and home to a concentration of energy intensive users. Our aim is to deliver low-carbon energy directly to industrial and domestic customers through a local energy grid which could see costs substantially reduced and save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions.
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Protos could create around 3,000 jobs, including opportunities during both construction and operation. Attracting businesses to the area and a creating a cluster of varying companies will create a wide range of job and training opportunities.
There are various occupiers at Protos who may have job opportunities available. We work with our occupiers to understand their resource requirements and help connect them to local employment services to facilitate local jobs. To find out what jobs are available please contact the occupiers directly. You can find a list of the occupiers here.
There will be a range of supply chain opportunities on offer through the various occupiers at Protos. To find out what is available please contact the occupiers directly. You can find a list of the occupiers here.
Over 50 hectares of land is being dedicated to nature at Protos, where over 2,600 trees have already been planted. Snipe Haven and Goldfinch Meadows are two purpose-built habitats which are home to an array of flowers, butterflies and birds. Large constructed ponds and scrapes with wetland fringes give the perfect environment for water dwelling wildlife.
Local people can explore Goldfinch Meadows on their own or follow one of the walking routes. Snipe Haven is an extensive area entirely dedicated to nature, with habitats created particularly for water voles and wading birds. To help protect these species, Snipe Haven is not open to the public.
Look out for the information boards with fascinating wildlife facts for all ages. The species you see will depend on the time of day and season so there is always something new to discover.
Click here to download an information leaflet including walking routes and a map.
We, and our contractors, work closely with Cheshire West & Chester Council to ensure that we put in place measures during construction to minimise the impact on the local area. For example, all construction traffic will be routed via the A5117 and Pool Lane, turning right at the roundabout onto Grinsome Road. Marsh Lane will remain publicly accessible throughout our work.
There is an established Community Forum for the Protos that has been meeting on a regular basis since the planning period. Members include elected representatives from Cheshire West and Chester Council, surrounding parish and town councils, and non-voting members including Peel NRE.
The Community Forum is intended to foster a dialogue between the local community and the project team, and answer any questions local people may have. Click here for more information on the Community Forum.
The community section of this website will also be regularly updated as work progresses at the site and will include news updates and documents when appropriate. We also produce a regular community newsletter – to register and receive regular updates click here.
You can also follow us on Twitter @thisisprotos and Linked In Protos.
Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, is responsible for appointing contractors to deliver the improvements to the wider estate including the estate roads, the nature areas, improvements to the berth, the new rail link, and provision of water, telecoms, gas and electricity. Individual occupiers will be responsible for appointing their own contractors to deliver their facilities, and we will work closely with them to ensure that that they do this in a safe and professional manner, taking into account site neighbours, and the local community, and the public right of way which goes through Protos.
Protos could create around 3,000 jobs, including opportunities during both construction and operation.
There is also a Protos Community Benefit Fund which has already donated £85,000. £40,000 was available for local causes in 2020. In 2021, Peel NRE have contributed £50,000 to the fund. The beneﬁt fund is open to bids for funding from organisations and causes in the parishes of Ince, Elton, Helsby, Frodsham, Thornton le Moors and Little Stanney. Transport; community buildings; sport; youth; and heritage are among the wide range of causes considered. Voting members of the Community Forum are responsible for assessing bids and allocating funding to community projects. For more information and to apply visit click here.