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    me and man gone wrong were debating what to do so we come up with a choice of places and decided to have a go at this,and a few other places he had never been and I had visited a few yeas back,but was not over happy with my shots from here and missed huge parts of it.so off we go hoping that we get through the secca barrier ok and in before the port authority drive down the road,and we got in ok and it was a bit different way in this time..i have a bit of a fascination for this place its very unique.construction of the factory started in 1898 and completed in 1901.the factory was built to accommodate the massive fishing industry growing in Grimsby.it became the largest factory of its type in the world and one of the largest refrigeration buildings in the world.a massive decline in the need for ice with onboard refrigeration in the boats meant the factory slowly cut down production and in 1990 the factory shut down for good.the ice was originally made by ammonia compressors starting the process powered by stema engines the steam was provided by six lancashire boilers but in 1930 new electric compressors were added a total of four made by J and L hall and were powered by wellington ickers motors.these were the largest of this sort ever built.and the only remaining ones left.a fith one was added in 1950.the water was poured into massive tray lined with brine and then it was crushed and then taken up and on conveyor belts straight to the docks and on the boats.there was seven ice rooms in total at its peak with the factory producing 1200 tonnes a day.there is a group trying to save the building but not to much joy there as the are struggling to get funding and the port authority really eem to have no interest in the building which is a crying shame really

    Looking down over the four compressors





    Sadly there looks like to have been a few idiots in since my last visit spraying stupid little tags.luckily enough there was not loads























    Switch gear for the compressors







    This was the lateradded compressor five







    small office up the top with a drawing board and the rotting remains of some plasns











    This was the pump house were the water would be extracted from boreholes in the ground



    Don't know wat these valves were used to operate but I liked them.







    Up the stairs to ice tank rooms one and two.its a bit ropey up here..looking over tank room one







    Looking across rooms one to two.you can see the pipes on the wall that were used to feed water into the tanks









    you can see on the roof how bad things have got



    the main building and another building are separate the other building is tank rooms five and six.the way across was a rusty old bridge.which I don't know why I crossed it that high up.





    Looking over tank room five I stayed on the concrete pad I did look at the spiral taircase but it was all rotten around it so left it,there are four spiral staircases in the factory



    The upper and lower amonia tanks





    Heading back down to the pump beds



    This was the original boiler house.six boilers sat in here once









    Down below is tank rooms three and four

















    And lastly we have rusty the uebex fox he followed us around for quite a bit and even laid down watching me take photos

    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Best report of year. Fab place and amazing pictures.

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    Went past this place many times as a kid and always wondered about it's innards. One of my early explores was pretty close to here, in Louth - about 15 miles south of Grimsby, over the Wolds. Pretty sure I have a video of it somewhere but it's very old! Thanks for sharing Mikey :)

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    Beautifully done Mikey, such a shame it won't make a viable museum.

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    Absolutely stunning.
    "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

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    Outstanding Mikey, Loved it, nice that Foxy Kept her eye on you, Thanks
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    Very nice Mikey and that last image is just beautiful!! A classic case of why 'Listing' hardly ever saves old plant like this. This place was on its last legs when I frequently visited the place in the early '60's. The building was constructed within strict financial limits and with a finite operational lifespan in mind. It now wants a fortune spending on it to make it weather proof and even if that is done, it is still a H&S nightmare if one has Joe Public wandering about the plant. The good citizen's of Grimsby are not going to stomach a vast increase in Council Tax and visitor numbers are highly unlikely to cover the costs in day to day running, never mind preservation and maintenance. Sadly there has been a lot of rubbish aired about this place over the years since it stopped production. Feasibly it would be possible to take one compressor unit and build a replica of one of the ice production 'lines' - housed in a purpose built building with 'touch screens' and other interactive interfaces, it would be possible to bring the process back into the 21st Century and show the tourist what went on. The question is, would they be bothered? What is undoubtably true, is that the plant as is, is a H&S nightmare as far as the 'tourist' is concerned. Sadly over my lifetime I have seen too many of these 'good intentions' ending up under the dozer, or lit up by the arsonist's match!

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    A very nice and comprehensive report. Seems to be more pigeon poo this time compared with your last visit.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Thank you all.there was a lot more poo in the compressor hall.sadly nothing will happen here till like ds says it's burns or falls to the ground and would take millions to renovate it and it is not a viable option sadly I just wished the compressors could be saved
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Fantastic report Mikey! I didn't dare going up on them dodgy floors by myself so it's great you managed it and got some great pics so I know what I missed out on haha! And you caught the urbex fox! There was a fox there when I went but it scampered off quickly so i wonder if that's the same one or related

    I love this place too, I'm hoping that something good happens to it as its truly unique!

    Thanks for the update Mikey really enjoyed it!
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