Historic Grimsby Docks work ‘taking shape’

Historic Grimsby Docks work ‘taking shape’

Grimsby Docks has had a facelift, as continued work to renovate and restore historic buildings has yielded great results.

In conjunction with ABP, various programmes of work with funding from public and private sources as part of the Grimsby Heritage Action Zone programme are being undertaken.

For part of the Kasbah Conservation zone, which was dedicated and named specifically, from another historic part of the dock, don’t start.

‘Building No. 2 on Auckland Road has been revamped, with window repair works, reinstatement of cast-iron rainwater goods and new render.’ say the council.

Additional interior works have been privately funded to create “Coffee on the Docks” due to open in early December. This space also includes a new studio for local artist, Dale Mackie, who is Associated British Ports (ABP) artist in residence for the port.

Enderby’s smokehouse has also seen building work underway, after hosting a variety of celebrity chefs early this year, including Marco Pierre White, the historic smokehouse too, has had a facelift.

The council says the ‘existing render was removed from the gable wall end to repair some brickwork. The famous chimney cowls are being cleaned and repaired by a specialist contractor, Riflo Engineering.’

They added work to the Great Escape building, occupied by Creative Start, which is ‘progressing well, with scaffolding going up to help install new windows. The iconic building will soon also house a “Recovery café” to help deliver Creative Start’s work to the community.

Work has started on Building 50 on Henderson Street / Brown Street through WE1 Group. The plan is to transform the former Donnelly’s Fish Merchants into offices, storage, and a workshop for use by their building company, BJB Construction. Building 86

At Building 86, the first phase of work is underway through WE1 Group to create studios for the Grimbarians and also Simon Card Jewellery. The second phase of works will see timber windows reinstated and a new shop front installed.

Cllr Tom Furneaux, the Cabinet member for heritage, said: “The work that’s happening on the docks is fantastic – preserving old buildings and making them fit for use once again. I’m so pleased to see the work taking shape – it’s helping to develop that sense of community on the docks that have been unique to Grimsby for many years.”

Simon Bird, ABP’s Regional Director for the Humber ports said: “There is a real buzz of excitement in the Grimsby Kasbah as we see more buildings coming back to life. This historic area was once the beating heart of the Port and we very much hope it will be again.”

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