Historic England has awarded North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) £40,000 for repairs to the Grimsby Ice Factory from their Heritage at Risk grant programme. The council is working with the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (GGIFT), regeneration partner Engie and building owners ABP. Extra funding is also said to have come from ABP and surplus monies from a 2019 coastal revival fund grant. The historic Ice factory at Grimsby is a Grade II* listed building and one of the industrial structures on Historic England’s At Risk register, as well as lying within the Grimsby Heritage Action Zone.
The roof of the Grimsby Ice Factory is to be assessed with a view to carrying out much-needed repairs to the building. These repairs would protect the internal structures and refrigeration equipment from further deterioration whilst options for the Ice Factory’s future use are considered. The intention is to undertake the survey this summer, with a view to seeking further investment to carry out any repairs that are identified.
Opened in 1901, and derelict for the last 30 years, the Grimsby Ice Factory is the earliest and largest known surviving ice factory in the world. The building still contains an array of historic ice making equipment including four J&E Hall ammonia compressors installed in 1931.