South London mosque to be redesigned after fire

South London mosque to be redesigned after fire

Architect firm John McAslan + Partners is designing renovations for the Baitul Futuh Mosque in south London, which was damaged by a fire last year.

Scottish architect John McAslan and his company will completely reinterpret one of the biggest mosques in Europe and restore parts damaged by the fire, including function halls, offices, and apartments.

A new street-facing facade, an expanded courtyard space and more accommodation will also be included in the plans for the building which is located in Morden.

“Reinstating the fire-damaged elements of the building is a priority, but the practice is also exploring long-term opportunities in order to establish an overall development framework that responds to the client’s wider aspirations,” said John McAslan + Partners.

As well as the main prayer areas, the complex encompasses a library, exhibition spaces, a TV studio, gym, guest accommodation, offices and multi-purpose rooms.

The 2015 fire started in the complex’s administrative area and covered 50% of the ground floor as well as some areas of the first floor, although prayer areas were undamaged.

The new designs for the complex are due to be submitted to the local authority for approval at the end of summer, when further details of the design will be revealed.

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