You can help shape future of Grimsby's historic Ice Factory
YOU are being given the chance to share your views on exciting plans for the future of Grimsby's historic Ice Factory.
A consultation will take place in the Bremerhaven Room, at Grimsby Town Hall, on Friday, from 2.30pm, with a formal presentation at 7pm.
It has been organised by Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (GGIFT) to give residents the chance to comment on the results of an options appraisal for the site.
The appraisal looked at all possible uses for the building and whether they might be successful, and the resulting design includes plans for an art gallery, climbing wall, heritage centre, professional print studio, events and meeting rooms, cinema, café, and micro-brewery.
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Victoria Hartung, chairman of GGIFT, said: "This is an opportunity to come and have your say about the future of this hugely important local building, and see what new facilities and opportunities this project will bring to the local community.
"Everyone is invited to come and view concept plans for an exciting mix of new uses for the building.
"People's feedback, comments and questions will be listened to and will be incorporated into the final report."
Supported by The Prince's Regeneration Trust, GGIFT worked with architects firm Purcell, and market researcher company Bell Business Development to find a sustainable way to save the building.
Among the challenges facing the team was the machinery itself, some of which occupies large areas of the building, and has been a bar to other proposals in the past.
But the final design concept manages to preserve the building and machinery so that the ice-making process will be understandable to visitors.
Victoria said: "We are very proud to have arrived at a viable plan, which promises to preserve this important heritage building at the same time as bringing new opportunities to the people of Grimsby.
"It would provide public access 365 days of the year, jobs, educational and cultural opportunities, leisure activities, and a focus for regeneration in the area. The project is estimated to be self-supporting from year one."
Keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph to find out what residents think of the plans.