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Marks Barfield submits Cambridge ‘eco-mosque’ plans

[First look] Marks Barfield Architects has finally submitted a planning application for this 1,000-capacity mosque in Cambridge

The practice landed the scheme, then budget at £13 million, back in October 2009 (AJ 21.10.09).

The gault brick-building replaces an overcrowded place of worship nearby and features sixteen interlaced glue-laminated timber columns.

The design ‘strives for an English idiom’ but is inspired by nature and Islamic art, according to a statement by the architect.

The 1,000-capacity project features a kitchen, café, teaching rooms, two residential units and an underground car park for 80 vehicles. The structure incorporates heat pumps, heat recovery systems, water recycling, and green roofs.

Muslim Academic Trust chair Tim Winter said: ‘We have spent time consulting with the local community and local stakeholders to ensure this building will be truly inclusive, sustainable, safe, secure and respectful of its context.

‘It will be easily accessible by public transport and on foot, and will have its own underground car park with 80 car parking spaces, supported by a travel plan which ensures that car parking does not become an issue for local neighbours. Our hope is that this will become a landmark building which will inject new life into the Romsey area of Cambridge, a monument of which the local and wider Cambridge community can be proud’

Project team

The design team is led by Marks Barfield Architects and includes Prof. Keith Critchlow (artist), Jacobs (structure), Skelley and Couch (services), Emma Clark (landscape), and Bidwells (project management and planning).

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