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Mangera Yvars presses on with mega mosque despite 'government opposition'

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Mangera Yvars Architects has admitted it will be scaling down its 'mega mosque' scheme in east London, but vowed it is still 'pressing on' with the controversial project.

The 40 under 40 star Ali Mangera said work was still going ahead on the Newham scheme, despite reports over the weekend that the government plans to block it.

The £300 million mosque, called Abbey Mills, would be the biggest Muslim place of worship in the UK.

The scheme initially proposed to accommodate up to 70,000 worshippers on a 7ha site a stone's throw from 2012 Olympic Park, but this number looks likely to be reduced.

Mangera said: 'We are still working with Newham Council, and pressing on with the project. We will be scaling down the project - that is inevitable, but we don't think these reports are accurate. There will be more news coming out very soon.'

Mangera's comments follow media claims that the government aims to stop the scheme due to its proximity to the Olympic Park.

This is just the most recent of a long line of setbacks the architects practice has faced since agreeing to work on the project in 2001.

The last hurdle the practice faced was a petition signed by 2,500 Newham locals who opposed the building of the mosque.

by Richard Vaughan

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