CAMBRIDGE MOSQUE

FOR CAMBRIDGE MOSQUE TRUST

The objective was to transform a former warehouse site into a new Mosque for Cambridge’s ever growing Muslim community.

The site was previously used as a warehouse, bowling alley and lime pits and as such, there were a number of challenges regarding decontamination. The scheme involved the construction of a double curvature, free form, cross laminated timber frame, designed to replicate natural tree forms to produce a tranquil space for contemplation.

Bidwells’ positive attitude and determination to look for the pragmatic solution to any problem has been invaluable to getting the project started on site. They understood the delicate nature of the project and its importance to the Muslim and wider Cambridge Community. 
Sohail Bhatti, Cambridge Mosque Trust

 

What we did

  • Assisted with the management of the funding process, which is being provided by the Turkish Government and authorised by the Turkish President. We have quickly familiarised ourselves with the differences between procurement practices in the UK and Turkey and have forged links with partner organisations, such as Yapi Merkezi, in Turkey

  • The complex nature of the design has required specific design management expertise

  • Provided detailed contract and procurement advice to ensure that the requirements of the funders are realised whilst always achieving best value

  • Offered programme advice to break the scheme down into phases whilst maintaining continuity

  • Worked closely with the local planning authority to ensure that decontamination matters were addressed with limited impact on programme and cost

  • Provided specialist planning input.

 

Result

 

 

 

 

  • The development will provide a truly sustainable, safe and secure environment that is an asset to Cambridge’s international and cultural status

  • The building will provide on-site renewable energy and minimise the buildings carbon footprint

  • The development ensures social integration of the Mosque’s functions into the wider local community

  • The scheme has been procured using an amalgam of contract forms, carefully interlinked to provide the correct risk profile. The scheme includes construction management components as well as the procurement of some phases using a two-stage, package-bypackage traditional procurement route

  • Bidwells have advised the client on the best way to procure the works given current market and economic issues. For example, the timber frame (procured from Switzerland) is being procured in Euros to ensure that the scheme is not negatively impacted by the weak GBP against the Swiss Franc.

  

View testimonial and video on ITV here

 

1,200

worshippers will be accommodated

 

 

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