Duke praises university for investing in much-loved Chesterfield building

A member of the Royal family has lavished praise on a university for restoring one of Chesterfield’s best-loved buildings.

The Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Andrew Morny Cavendish, has lauded the University of Derby for investing money in restoring St Helena’s Grammar School on Sheffield Road.

It is set to become the University’s new campus in time for September 2016.

The Duke, who is the University’s Chancellor, said: “What a rescue. It is very, very exciting.

“It’s immensely worthwhile and will be great for the University and Chesterfield,”

“The way it is going to be modernised while keeping the best of the old seems to be very much the way in which the University maximised the benefit of the Devonshire Dome at Buxton,” the Duke added.

The Duke had a tour of the Victorian red-brick building, whose light and airy corridors and classrooms provided a pioneering design for schools which was widely admired across the world.