Sneak peek – new Chesterfield campus

Writer: Jeremy Swan

Here’s a sneak peek at the renovations inside the St Helena building, which will open this autumn as the new hub of our Chesterfield campus.

St Helena first opened its doors in 1911 as the Chesterfield High School for Girls. The school closed in the 1990s and Derbyshire County Council used the site as offices until 2013.

The Grade II listed building was designed by architect George H Widdows (1871-1946), who introduced changes to school design to make them healthier places for children.

Renovations carried out by the University aim to breathe new life into the site, with modern facilities for Health and Social Care, Business, Engineering and IT students.

Entrepreneurs will benefit from an onsite business incubation centre, which will provide the facilities small businesses need to expand.

Community organisations have also been given a boost by the launch of a dedicated grant scheme for Buxton and Chesterfield.

The scheme, which is part of the University of Derby’s Community Fund, was set up as a way of ‘giving back’ to local communities.

Did you study in Chesterfield? Let us know what you think of the new campus development at St Helena. Email or tweet us @DerbyUniAlumni.

See the redevelopment in pictures