A major regeneration project on Grimsby Docks has received a huge boost with the award of grants worth more than £1 million to restore a landmark building on the Kasbah.

The historic close-knit cluster of brick buildings is the focus of a transformative scheme, sitting in the midst of the town’s fishing legacy and offshore wind operating present.
Community group Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust is leading on the renovation of Peterson’s Smokehouse building on Henderson Street, supported by North East Lincolnshire Council, regeneration partner Engie and landowner Associated British Ports.

The secured pot adds up to £1,074,000 – £647,400 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, a £300,000 Transformational Project grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transforming Places Through Heritage programme and a previously awarded £60,000 from both bodies.

Detailed preparation can now begin for work to start, with spring 2021 pencilled in. Planning permission has already been granted, a pre-bid requirement, with artists’ impressions showing the listed building restored as a traditional fish smokehouse. Its landmark chimney cowls will be preserved, and an internal staircase, office and mess facilities will be installed.

Alongside Peterson’s, the money will also enable the renovation of the empty Fred’s Fish building, which sits opposite on Wharncliffe Road, for use as offices and a cafe.

Trust chair Vicky Hartung said “We are absolutely delighted to have the go-ahead for Peterson’s. This is very much a partnership project, which emerged from some creative discussions between ABP, NELC, ENGIE and GGIFT almost three years ago, and this joint working and support has been much appreciated. Rents from the buildings will provide a solid financial basis for the trust, so we can continue to be of use in realising the vision for the Kasbah that we now all share.”

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