First glimpse at office complex set to transform Freeman Street

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Sep 2018

This is a first glimpse at the office complex set to transform Freeman Street and spark the wider redevelopment of Grimsby's East Marsh.

Artists’ impressions show what the street would look like if the five-storey block planned for the site currently occupied by the redundant House of Holland building and Freeman House goes ahead.

Spreading over 3,400 square metres, it would provide the prime office accommodation for up to 300 people – with firms hopefully attracted to its position near to some of the world’s best-known renewable energy giants.

A raft of international firms are now operating from sites on Grimsby Docks in order to service the huge offshore wind farms.

The derelict Freeman House would be demolished under the regeneration plan (Image: Duncan Young)

The Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby, the land owners and driving force behind this regeneration, are soon to officially appoint a demolition team to start on the first phase of the project.

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This involves flattening the former House of Holland store, along with the disused seven-storey council office block Freeman House to make way for the new office complex.

In addition, the former Cox’s Fish and Chip shop will also go as a measure to stop youths climbing onto nearby roofs to enter empty shopping units.

A view of the street looking towards the Dock Tower (Image: Hodson Architects)

The Enrolled Freemen took ownership of a section of the street, from Kent Street to the market, following a High Court ruling.

Their hope is to redevelop to the north and make improvements to the row occupied by retailers to the south.

Chairman of the Enrolled Freemen, Stephen White, said: “We are delighted to be taking this next step as we look to realise our vision for Freeman Street.

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“Our organisation has a long and proud past and is looking to ensure our present members work to effect positive change and a legacy of transformation of a street which was once the heartbeat of our town.”

Mark Hodson, of Hodson Architects, has been working closely with the Freemen. He said: "Freeman Street and the East Marsh represent the emotional heart of the town in so many ways.

"The revitalisation of this area is long overdue and we welcome any proposals which look to the future, are bold as a consequence and have the best interests of the community at their core.”

The development is set to transform Freeman Street and spark regeneration across the East Marsh (Image: Hodson Architects)

This development will be the cornerstone of a host of plans for the whole area and is supported by North East Lincolnshire Council leader Councillor Ray Oxby.

He said: “The work of the Freemen is to be much applauded as we look at true and lasting regeneration.

"The Town Deal has given us the opportunity of seeing a strategic masterplan in a much larger context, working with partners and leading to a complete renaissance for the whole area.”

It comes just days after he revealed the nearby site vacated by the six East Marsh tower blocks was is favourite location for Grimsby Town's new stadium.

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