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NRAP bags east London ‘less-than-mega’ mosque job

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NRAP has been appointed to design a scaled-down version of a contentious mosque project close to the Olympic Park in east London

The company won the job following a competitive tender process which marked the end of previous architect Allies and Morrison’s involvement in the project.

Mangera Yvars Architects designed the original concept (pictured) for the building back in 2006 making NRAP the third practice to work on the job.

Allies & Morrison replaced Mangera Yvars in 2007 but today confirmed it was no longer working on the project.

Richard Owers, director at NRAP – which was formerly known as Nicholas Ray Associates & Plastik Architects – confirmed the company had been appointed but played down the size of the development.

‘In the past it had been referred to as a mega-mosque but it has been scaled down to 9,000 from 15 or 16.’

The new project was now ‘less than mega’, he added.

In January 2010, Allies and Morrison’s £300 million scheme fell into disarray after the project backer Tablighi Jamaat failed to submit a masterplan for the development in time.

At the time the Islamic group had been asked to provide a strategy by early January, but had failed to do so.

Earlier this year Newham Council failed in a bid to remove a mosque from the site on the grounds its planning permission had expired.

The project backers now have a limited period to submit new plans.

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