Twelve heritage sites across Europe have been shortlisted as endangered buildings. The Ice Factory site in Grimsby is the only UK site on this list. After assessment, the final list of 7 most endangered heritage sites in Europe will be unveiled on 15th March 2018. The aim of the list is primarily a public call to action.
This historic building is on our doorstep and part of the heritage of Grimsby.
The building and this submission to the list is supported by the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust and you can visit their website to find out more about the site. www.ggift.co.uk
Here’s wording from the shortlist which explains more about the Ice factory site.
The Grimsby Ice Factory is understood to be the earliest surviving ice factory in the United Kingdom. Designed by the engineer W. F. Cott, the Factory dates from 1900 and is a substantial Grade II listed red brick industrial building. The site is arguably the most prominent physical reminder of Grimsby’s fishing and maritime heritage, the largest fishing port in the world at the start of the 20th century. The Factory has been in a state of serious decline since its closure in 1990. The roof is now severely damaged allowing water into the interiors, and much of its metal work and electrical fittings have been stolen. Moreover, there have been threats of demolition. The Factory has remained in private ownership. A mixed use development proposal initiated by the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, estimated to potentially create upwards of 125 jobs, has so far been unsuccessful in securing funding, resulting in the future of the Ice Factory remaining uncertain