Grimsby-JE-hall2UK: The group fighting to save the historic Grimsby Ice Factory and the iconic refrigeration equipment contained within it have applied for £11m of Heritage Lottery funding.

The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (GGIFT), who made the submission, should know in April whether the bid has been successful. With the funding the project can enter a development phase, allowing formal plans to be drawn up.

The group plans to restore the crumbling 110-year-old building into a centre for cultural, educational and leisure activities with a strong emphasis on heritage.

Central to whole project is the preservation of much of the refrigeration equipment contained within it. Subject of an English Heritage Grade-ll* listing, the centrepiece of what remains of the equipment is the 1930’s plant room containing four huge J&E Hall four-cylinder ammonia compressors of 16.5in diameter, 15in stroke.

For further information on the Ice Factory and to lend your support visit the GGIFT website.

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