A 118-year-old Grade II*-listed industrial building in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, has been named among Europe’s seven most endangered heritage sites.
Grimsby Ice Factory was selected by continental conservation group Europa Nostra as requiring targeted action to rescue it.
The WF Cott-designed red-brick dockside structure closed in 1990 after nine decades of ice production to support the town’s fishing trade.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage nominated the Ice Factory for the Europa Nostra support amid concerns over the ‘derelict and deteriorating condition’ of the ‘historically significant building’.
Multidisciplinary teams led by Europa Nostra will now visit the factory and formulate action plans by the end of the year.
The body, which has members from 40 countries, said: ‘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.’
But it added: ‘The roof is now severely damaged, allowing water into the interiors, and much of its metalwork and electrical fittings have been stolen. Moreover, there have been threats of demolition.’
In 2012, SAVE published drawings by artist Graham Byfield showing how Grimsby’s historic docks could be transformed.
The vision included the conversion of the derelict Ice Factory and nearby Victorian buildings for a mix of new uses including a covered market, shops, bars, galleries and restaurants.
SAVE director Henrietta Billings said today: ‘The deterioration of the Ice Factory has been going on for too long.
‘We hope this high-level European expertise will help the owners and local groups find new uses for it, and reveal its potential as a catalyst for regeneration of this part of the docks.’
The other six buildings to be targeted by Europa are:
- Nostrahe Post-Byzantine Churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuqi in Albania
- The Historic Centre of Vienna in Austria
- Bulgaria’s Buzludzha Monument
- The David Gareji Monasteries and Hermitage in Georgia
- Romania’s Constanta Casino
- The Prinkipo Greek Orphanage on Princes’ Islands in Turkey