Cambridge Mosque

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Location:
Cambridge
Client:
Muslim Academic Trust
Sector:
Culture, Civic and Sacred

Team

  • Project Manager: Bidwells
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • M&E: Skelly & Couch
  • Geometric Artist: Keith Critchlow
  • Cost Consultant: Faithful + Gould
  • Landscape Architect: Emma Clark

Designed to be truly inclusive, sustainable, safe, secure and respectful of its neighbourhood, the new Mosque for Cambridge will be a landmark building which will inject new life into the Mill Road area of Cambridge and become a community as well as a spiritual centre.

The new Mosque will accommodate a congregation of up to 1000 men and women. In addition to the Mosque’s dedicated areas there will be a café, teaching area and meeting rooms. Read more

The Mosque is located in the mainly residential Mill Road suburb area of Cambridge. The façade of the Mosque will be completed in brick, complementing the materials already used in the area. Original artwork has been designed by Professor Keith Critchlow, expert on Islamic Art and sacred architecture.

Early consultation with the many different local groups was key to the project’s success. As well as the local residents’ groups in Cambridge, Marks Barfield also had to present to the Cambridge City Design and Conservation Panel. Parking was one of the main concerns raised by local residents. This was designed out with the introduction of an underground carpark. This also allowed an existing community garden to be maintained at the front of the site. The landscape forecourt was also increased, to soften the street edge.

Planning permission was granted by unanimous decision.

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Sustainable and environmental features:

  • Air Tightness
  • Air-Source Heat Pump
  • BIM Innovation
  • Building Energy Management Systems
  • Cross Ventilation
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Energy Submetering + Targeting
  • Green Roof
  • Heat Recovery System
  • Highly Insulated Envelope
  • Materials Chosen for Durability and Long Life
  • Microclimate
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Off-site Construction
  • Reduce Construction Wastage
  • Robust Detailing
  • Secure Night Time Ventilation
  • Shading / Overhangs
  • Thermal Mass
  • Water Attenuation
  • Water Saving Fixtures