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Heritage Action Zone

The Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) was launched in May 2018. It aims to deliver a transformational programme of heritage led regeneration in North East Lincolnshire (NEL) to address a number of heritage assets at risk, which are of national significance and importance.

The ‘Greater Grimsby Heritage Action Zone’ stretches from the Kasbah, a historic portside area of smoke houses, shops and factories associated with the fishing industry, along Alexandra Dock to the town centre. Explore Greater Grimsby’s heritage on a map of the HAZ published by Historic England.

The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) is a partnership between Historic England (HE), North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) and its regeneration partner ENGIE, Associated British Ports (ABP), Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (GGIFT), the Parochial Church Council of the Minster Church of St James (Grimsby Minster), and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (HLEP).

Historic England website

Between 2018 and 2023 the HAZ programme will make an important contribution to NELC’s Town Centre Investment Plan and to the Great Grimsby Town Deal, an ambitious package of plans led by North East Lincolnshire Council for investment by government and local agencies, including Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Historic England’s Places Panel Review Paper: Grimsby 2019, provides a greater insight into the heritage potential on offer throughout the town.

Discover historic aerial photos in an interactive map of the Heritage Action Zone: Greater Grimsby Heritage Map

Contact for further information: HAZ@nelincs.gov.uk

Image containing conservation areas of Greater Grimsby. These being the Kasbah, Victoria Mills, Grimsby Central and Wellow. This programme is summarised following the image.

In summary, the programme comprises of the following projects:

Projects on Grimsby Docks:

  • Petersons: Project to repair and return a Grade II listed Smokehouse back into use, removing it from the at Risk Register.
  • Marine Support Centre: Repair and conversion of a cluster of 7 heritage buildings on the Kasbah to provide a hub for the off-shore wind sector.
  • Kasbah Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas (PSiCA): grant scheme to encourage new businesses to the Kasbah and halt further deterioration to the heritage buildings.
  • Kasbah Creative Industries Workspace: Creation of a major new hub for cultural production, including new studio, and shared production facilities to meet an identified gap in provision and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Kasbah.
  • Ice Factory: Determine a sustainable future use with a proposal and funding package which will remove the building from the at Risk Register.

Hear people’s memories of working dock Dock in this presentation prepared for Heritage Open Days 2021

Projects at Council-owned Heritage Assets

  • Victoria Mills Silo: Determine a sustainable future use with a proposal and funding package which will remove the building from the at Risk Register.
  • Corporation Bridge: Feasibility study to determine extent of works to safeguard the structure and conservation repair works to remove it from the at Risk Register.
  • West Haven Maltings & Haven Mill, Garth Lane: Feasibility study to determine extent of works to safeguard the buildings and proposals to remove the buildings from the Heritage At Risk Register. Plans to convert the buildings into a Youth Zone will bring the buildings back in to use and provide a strategic link to Grimsby Town Centre.

Public Realm Projects

  • Garth Lane and Frederick Ward Way Public Realm Improvement Scheme: scheme to deliver new highway and public realm works that will reconnect the town with the waterside, and encourage private and public sector investment in nearby key town centre sites.
  • St. James Square: To create an outdoor space which supports a range of activities and cultural events in the town centre, complimenting Grade I listed St James Minster.

Projects at Privately owned Heritage Assets

  • Grimsby Minster: Programme of repairs and development to enable greater community use
  • Cooperage: Proposal to bring this locally listed building back into use (project now complete).
  • 17-19 Wellowgate: Secure funding to repair, improve appearance and secure long term future of this listed building, removing it from the risk register.

Museums and Attractions

  • Fishing Heritage Centre/Historic Vessels: Develop proposals for short-term maintenance/repair of the three historic vessels forming part of the Council’s Museums Collection, and for the long-term revitalisation of the Fishing Heritage Centre.
  • Central Library, Town Hall and Archives: Further feasibility work, building on the One Public Estate study, to integrate and develop the role of the Central Library, Archive and Town Hall.
  • Culture, Heritage and Tourism Strategy: Develop and publish a Culture, Heritage and Tourism Strategy to provide a strategic framework for heritage-led regeneration, and develop a detailed heritage action plan.

Coming soon: Further information on Grimsby history, heritage trails and guided walks and the Fishing Heritage Centre and Timetrap Museum.