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.