Plans to redevelop Old Kent Road mosque into six-storey building with community facilities

Admin (31 May, 2018) Regeneration

The plans include an Islamic Cultural Centre with a bookshop, library and sports hall/youth centre

22162How the mosque could look on the Old Kent Road (Al Mahdeen Visualisations)

The Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre could be demolished to make way for a new six-storey place of worship with community facilities.

The Muslim Association of Nigeria has submitted a planning application to replace the current three-storey building in Old Kent Road with a new mosque.

The plans, drawn up by Atelier U W A Architects, show the new six-storey building would feature an Islamic Cultural Centre for religious, educational, community and leisure use, as well as one parking space.

How the mosque could look on the Old Kent Road (Al Mahdeen Visualisations)

The proposed centre would build upon existing facilities provided at the Muslim Association of Nigeria centre, including a bookshop, library, sports hall/youth centre, dedicated funeral preparation facilities, and a sisters’ study circle.

There would also be retail units at ground-floor level accessed from Rowcross Street, additional classroom/function room provision, a dedicated counselling office and additional prayer space.

The new centre is expected to cater for about 140 additional users at maximum capacity.

How the current Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre looks (Google)

Opening hours would vary by day and depend on prayer times, but the centre is expected to typically open for non-prayer activities between 9am to 9pm each day of the week.

To view and comment on the plans, visit Southwark Council’s planning portal and search for reference number 18/AP/1431.

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