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dMFK wins planning for synagogue in north London

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North London-based practice dMFK has won planning permission for a new synagogue on the site of a 1960s community hall in Brondesbury Park, north west London.

The hall is attached to an existing 1936 synagogue no longer used by the local Jewish community.

The 1930s building was sold to a church fifteen years ago and, subsequently, the Jewish worshippers moved to the neighbouring community hall. The 1960s hall is now set to be demolished to make way for the new synagogue.

The AJ/Corus 40 Under 40 practice was unanimously granted planning permission for the 1,288m² project by the London Borough of Brent’s planning committee earlier this week.


The 1960s community hall set to be demolished

The design includes solar and light control ideas into a decorative, soft facade with aluminium louvers, deep GRC shading reveals, planting, and decorative brickwork panels. The building will achieve BREEAM Excellent and is passively ventilated.

Locally listed, the original synagogue, which still stands on the site, was designed in 1936 by Architect Fritz Landau working with dMFK’s Julian de Metz’s grandfather Morris de Metz.


Speaking about the project, de Metz said ‘It’s always enjoyable working in and around my grandfathers’ buildings. He won’t be a name everyone recognises but he built some really honest, elegant, modern buildings in his time and those are values that resonate with our practice today’.  

The practice was appointed to taken on the community hall in 2014 by a client team led by Daniel Leon of SQFT Architects. Work will start on the site next summer.

Project data

Location North West London
Type Of Project Synagogue
Client The United Synagogue
Architects dMFK Architects
Structural Engineers Conisbee
M&E consultant Method LLP
Quantity surveyor Jackson Cole
Start on site date Summer 2016
Completion date Autumn 2017
Contract duration Approx 15 months
Gross internal floor area 1,288m²
Annual predicted co2 emissions 40% reduction from Part L
Environmental targets BREEAM Excellent




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