Lifeline scheme could transform historic brewery in the heart of Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Dec 2018

Time is running out to save a brewery left dormant for decades.

That is the claim made by a firm hoping to rescue the ailing Cooperage on East Street in Grimsby.

Plans to convert the historic structure into 20 one and two-bedroom apartments were submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council last week.

If approved, the scheme could prove to be a lifeline to the deteriorating structure empty since 1980 and would be a major victory for our Stop The Rot campaign.

Artist impression shows how the Cooperage on East Street could look if the flats plan goes ahead (Image: Copyright unknown)

The company behind the scheme, Palmleaf Eznat Partnership, hopes it can save the building for future generations, claiming "time is of the essence".

A planning report states the firm is "under pressure" to deliver the scheme by mid February 2019 - and before the perilous building suffers collapse.

It states: "The Cooperage, as important as it is, has remained in a state of degradation. The main room has been replaced and is now secure but the annexe is crumbling away.

"The proposed redevelopment will regenerate this part of East Street and mark an end to the dereliction which might otherwise continue to create an eye sore in the town centre of Grimsby."

Artist impressions of the proposed scheme show how most of the original features would be retained, with two new townhouses built in the car park.

The derelict annexe to the Cooperage on East Street is on the verge of collapse (Image: GrimsbyLive)

The building was part of the former Hewitt brothers’ Tower Brewery, built in 1901, and today is the only surviving remant of Grimsby's brewing heritage.

The firm ceased trading in 1968, but this part of the brewery was used for storage and as a distribution depot until 1980.

Various proposals for the building over the years – including a gallery and a pub – have all failed to materialse.

An application in November 2000 to demolish the building was blocked by councillors who noted its positive contribution to the character of the area.

While the main body of the building was cleaned out and repaired in 2012, and is generally maintained, the dormant building continues to blight this corner of the town centre.

Eznat note the building "punches above its weight in terms of scale, history and appearance".

It is one of 33 buildings, structures and areas featured on our Stop The Rot watchlist, a campaign hoping to rescue Grimsby's heritage before time runs out.

The building is not yet owned by Eznat, with its purchase subject to planning approval.

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