Grimsby's historic Kasbah at centre of £3.7m investment to transform areas of docks and town for new bars and restaurants
The docks area of Grimsby is set for a re-development (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 May 2018
Almost £4m is to be poured into some of Grimsby's most historic areas to create attractive new areas for bars, restaurants, businesses and shops.
The council will today unveil plans today for the multi-million pound investment programme designed to "breath new life" into the town centre and docklands.
The Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone will be unveiled by North East Lincolnshire Council. It is a five year, £3.7million scheme developed in partnership with Historic England, and will be at the heart of the ambitious Town Deal that hopes to generate investment and regeneration opportunities.
The Heritage Action Zone will see premises in the Kasbah, docks and town centre given a new lease of life for business and community use.
Grimsby's Ice Factory (Image: Save Britain's Heritage)
Historic England in the East Midlands will provide an estimated £620,000, with the rest coming from the council and their partners Engie, Associated British Ports (ABP) and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
The council hopes that the Kasbah, which has a history of producing smoked fish, will be developed into a centre for artisan food.
Historic England will also provide support and advice to the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust and partners to look at possibilities for the creative re-use of the Ice Factory, which has recently been listed as one of nine European Heritage assets in need of saving.
The council hopes that the Heritage Action Zone will also promote re-use of historic buildings along Alexandra Dock, including the Victoria Mills, which the council recently spent £2m on making repairs.
Towards the town centre itself, further projects focus on repair and re-use of vacant listed buildings, such as the Cooperage, West Haven Maltings and Haven Mill, and creating open space for events and activities around Grimsby Minster.
Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council (Image: Jon Corken)
The council has also stated its intention to research the borough's historic buildings, and "ensure they get the recognition they deserve", while also hoping to enrich local museums and archives.
It is hoped that local residents and businesses will find new opportunities to benefit from their local heritage, and visitors will discover a warmer welcome and a rewarding experience in Grimsby.
Louise Brennan, Planning Director for Historic England in the East Midlands, said: “Few places in England have as distinctive a heritage as Grimsby. The town holds a unique place in our history as a seafaring nation, and the evidence can still be seen in abundance in places like the Kasbah.
"The projects in the Heritage Action Zone are poised to release new economic vitality and pride in the town, and will help put the Town Deal into action. Thanks to its heritage, Grimsby can now look to the future with confidence.”
Leader of the council councillor Ray Oxby felt that this investment would "give new life" to the area's historic assets.
He said: “The Heritage Action Zone is just one example of the ambitious, place-based approach that underpins the Greater Grimsby Town Deal.
“As a council we’re bringing together the right people and organisations to make our collective vision for Greater Grimsby a reality – and that’s clear in the commitment shown by ABP and Historic England to the transformation of the historic Kasbah including the Ice Factory at the Port of Grimsby.
“We’re giving new life to the area’s heritage assets and celebrating our proud maritime history while also looking to the future and embracing our waterfront location."
Simon Bird, ABP's Humber director
Simon Bird, Port Director Humber at Associated British Ports, said: “The Humber Ports make up the busiest port complex in the UK and the Port of Grimsby is a thriving part of that complex.
"The modern port has behind it a rich history of fishing and commercial use and what is really exciting is that some of the historic buildings from that past can play an important role in the port’s future.
"ABP, working in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council and Historic England are planning a phased approach to a heritage-led regeneration of the Kasbah area of the port, creating new opportunities for business start-ups, creative industries and charities.”
There are now 18 Heritage Action Zones in villages, towns and cities across England. They have been identified by Historic England as places in need and where the historic environment can create economic growth and improve quality of life for people.
Besides Grimsby, the Heritage Action Zones announced in December 2017 are located in: Bishop Auckland, Dewsbury, North Lowestoft, Rochdale, Stockton & Darlington Railway, Stoke-on-Trent and Walworth, London.