Amended plans have been put forward for a new home for the Cheadle Mosque and Community Centre after previous designs were found to be “incredibly difficult to build”.
The Green Belt site on Wilmslow Road has been used as a mosque since the Cheadle Masjid [CMA] acquired it in 2004; the CMA has been attempting to redevelop existing buildings for some time to bring forward a new place of worship, given concerns with overcrowding and cramped conditions at peak worship times.
Initial plans were put forward for an extension but these were subsequently withdrawn; Zendium Design Architects were then instructed to draw up new-build plans, and these were approved in November 2017.
However, when Four Architects were instructed to take the design to RIBA stage four, several elements of the building were found to be “incredibly difficult to build in addition to being rather expensive”, according to the architect.
These included protruding windows, which created buildability issues; a “space hungry” main hall; and an “extremely large rooflight”, which is described as being “difficult to fabricate” with the cost “better utilised elsewhere in the development”.
A curving feature wall was also identified for removal to save “significant cost”.
As a result, a fresh planning application for the site has now been submitted following a redesign by the architect; this features a more efficient layout and minimisation of dead spaces, as well as a change to brick cladding.
The building’s position has been specifically designed so the prayer hall sits in the direction of Mecca, but the building’s position and footprint has not increased.
The professional team also includes planner Paul Butler Associates; Zerum; Urban Green; and Hydrock. A main contractor is yet to be appointed.