20 weeks of repair work at Grimsby Dock Tower underway to keep it standing for generations to enjoy

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Aug 2017

Work is underway to restore Grimsby’s iconic Dock Tower to keep it standing for generations to come.

A giant lift has been erected for workmen to replace brickwork.

Located on Associated British Port land, the 165-year-old tower is undergoing improvement works which are expected to last 20 weeks.

It is being done in order to preserve the integrity of the structure for many years to come.

ABP, owners of the Grade I listed building, have enlisted local contractors Britcon Ltd to undertake the works.

Careful planning and preparation took place when agreeing the works, as the landmark towers over the town at a staggering 309ft.

It was built in 1852 by J.W.Wild for The Grimsby Dock Company.

It is predominantly red brick with limestone ashlar plinth and ashlar cap with iron lantern. It was modelled on the Palazzo Publico at Sienna, with an oriental-style minaret.

It was built to contain a 30,000-gallon hydraulic wrought-iron reservoir to give power for the opening and closing of the lock gates and cranes at Grimsby docks.

The Royal Dock basin and the Grimsby Dock Tower lead the eye into this view of the Royal dock to the right and fish docks to the left looking towards the heart of Grimsby

The tower is Grade I Listed and is under a preservation order. Around a million bricks were used to build the tower.

The Dock Tower was used until 1892 when a replacement lock gate system was erected. It is now a local landmark and used for charity abseils.

Mark Frith, port manager for Grimsby and Immingham said: “We are currently in the process of working alongside North East Lincolnshire Council in the master planning of the regeneration for Grimsby.

“The Grimsby dock tower is integral to any regeneration plans and this maintenance work will breathe some new life into this much-loved part of Grimsby’s skyline.”

The works, due to take place over a period of 20 weeks, will see historic reclaimed bricks of the same size and age as the dock tower, be used as replacements for the existing brickwork. The bricks will also be laid using a specified lime mortar mix following a mortar analysis report.


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