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Archive footage shows Ice Factory's dying days

In the final weeks of Grimsby Ice Factory's operational life, Martyn Bullock went inside the building with his video camera and captured the day-to-day routine on film.

His footage is now a valuable historical record of the dying days of the site as a production facility.

The footage is now on a DVD that's being donated to the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust.

A short extract is included here with permissions.

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Building owners say they will discuss credible ideas for its future

The former ice factory was completed in 1900 and stopped manufacturing ice 90 years later. Since then it has stood empty but is still owned by Associated British Ports. They say they will consider any credible future options for the building:

The port of Grimsby is a modern and developing operational port. It is currently seeing multi-million pound investment by ABP and its customers which will support significant business development and bring new jobs to the locality. ABP has for a number of years held discussions with heritage and regeneration experts to consider their proposals for the restoration of the Ice Factory. We will continue to discuss with GGIFT any credible opportunity it may bring forward which does not compromise on the future operational needs of a working port.

– ABP spokesperson

Campaigner: The building has to bring people in from outside the region

For the past two years the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust has been starting to look at ideas for bringing the old building back into use. The Chair of the group Vicky Hartung says they are considering different options before moving into producing more definite plans.

So far they have been working closely with the Prince's Regeneration Trust and other organisations such as the Architectural Heritage Fund and English Heritage. It is hoped that any new use will bring more people and investment to the town.

Pictures show ice factory's decay

Photographs from inside the now almost derelict ice factory show how badly it has fallen into disrepair. There are holes in the floor and part of the ceiling has caved in.

Ice factory interior Credit: Sue Stone

Engineers who have been inside the building have concluded that although it is badly decayed it is structurally sound. It is not in danger of collapse.

Ice factory interior Credit: Sue Stone

Much of the factory's inner workings are still visible and it is hoped they could be conserved and restored to be used as a heritage attraction once the building is made safe.

Ice factory upper building Credit: Sue Stone

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Millions to be spent on Lincoln Castle

Detailed plans showing how £20 million will be spent revamping Lincoln Castle have been shown off to members of the public for the first time.

The historic site will get a new exhibition centre including a special vault to hold the Magna Carta and visitors will be able to do a complete lap of the castle walls for the first time. James Webster's been to take a look.

Images show transformation planned for Lincoln Castle

The centrepiece of the new development will be a new Magna Carta vault. The team at the castle previously considered displaying it in the old men's prison but decided that sends out the wrong message about the document, and the surroundings would be too bright and may damage it.

New Magna Carta vault Credit: ITV Calendar

The men's prison, housed in the building shown below, will be opened up to the public again. Access is not currently possible.

Victorian male prison Credit: ITV Calendar

The development will also make it possible to walk a full lap of the castle walls. Special ramps and a lift will be installed to allow access for those with mobility problems, but in a way that doesn't detract from the historical nature of the structure.

New fencing around the castle walls Credit: ITV Calendar
A new lift tower to improve access Credit: ITV Calendar
A ramp helps those with mobility problems to access the walls Credit: ITV Calendar
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