The project site is centrally located in Aberdeen. So far, a building has been secured, private funds have been pledged, and this will be combined with an extension (consents granted) to offer extensive facilities for the new community centre.
This imaginative urban regeneration project, as a result of private investment, will physically improve the area. We also hope that the masjid and community centre will serve to nurture a sense of harmony in the local community.
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Cost Breakdown (£)
|Site – donated and legal transfer complete||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|1: Extension and external refurbishment||705,802||141,160||846,962*|
|June 2015||2: Internal fit-out||667,578||133,516||801,094**|
|* Actual cost as per tender
** Estimate cost from QS
Practical Completion Phase 1 completed. download
Annual Report 2014. download
Chap Group started onsite with Phase 1 works involving a 22 week construction programme. download
We are delighted to announce that Chap Group has been selected as the main contractor following a tendering process for Phase 1 (the structural and external aspects). The £750,000 package of work is the first stage of the transformation of the site.
We were delighted to receive the good news that our revised plans for altering and extending the existing building at 41 Nelson Street have been formally approved by Aberdeen City Council. download
We received from Aberdeen City Council our staged building warrant. This officially grants us permission to start construction works at 41 Nelson Street. ACC staged warrant download
Masjid Alhikmah held their Spring Fundraising Charity Dinner at the Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen on Sunday 2nd March, 2014 – the event was a huge success and resulted in approximately £200k in pledges and donations.
Masjid Alhikmah started their fundraising campaign with a Charity Dinner held at the Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen on Sunday 3rd November, 2013- a hugely successful event which resulted in over £250k pledges and donations. The Charity is now also HMRC registered.
We are a SCIO, which stands for Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and our official charitable name is the Alhikmah Foundation SCIO. Documentation download
Masjid Alhikmah project team commence their engagement with the public. Documentation download
We were delighted to receive the good news in February 2013 that our plans for altering and extending the existing building at 41 Nelson Street have been formally approved by Aberdeen City Council. This means that work can start soon to create our new Masjid and Community Centre.
ACC decision notice download
We received Planning Permission from Aberdeen City Council to change the use of the building on the site we had identified, 41 Nelson Street, in June 2012. This officially granted us permission to turn a derelict industrial warehouse into a community centre and place of worship, for this aspect of our new Masjid and community centre.
ACC decision notice download
The lack of facilities for the Muslim community in Aberdeen had been causing some concern and inconvenience for a while, and so in July 2011 a group of nine individuals from different backgrounds came together and committed to devising an appropriate solution. Their vision was to create a multipurpose facility with a new masjid, janazah service for funerals, and dedicated women and children’s facilities, and a community centre for the benefit of all Muslims living and working in Aberdeen. download
We’re very excited to be designing the newest mosque and community centre in Aberdeen. This is a city of great character and we can see that the Aberdeen community is going to make this an exemplary project.
Our design approach is based on our vision of Britain's Muslim communities as progressive and creative members of society and we want the building to reflect this spirit.
Therefore we do not simply want to import Muslim architecture from other countries, and from other periods, without thinking about it. We want the new mosque to be part of contemporary Britain, and this is reflected in its styling as a piece of contemporary British architecture.
Britain's diversity brings new cultures, new histories and new ways of seeing the world. Muslim communities are part of this new diversity, and they bring a rich history and tradition to share. We want this cultural heritage to be reflected in the building, and have therefore combined the contemporary architecture with traces of an Islamic architectural past.
We are also aware that the building should belong to its place, and we achieve this through its materials, local stone and modern cladding are combined to reflect the surroundings and embed the building into the city.
In this way, the new building speaks of being fully Scottish, fully British, and fully Muslim all at the same time. It is a new architectural approach, which combines and balances local architectural style and tradition with that from the rich cultural heritage of Islam. In this way we hope the new mosque represents and reflects the spirit of Aberdeen's diverse communities, and serves as symbol around which understanding and interaction can happen.
partner, Makespace Architects
From the CGIs to the final building… watch what happens as we build and create Masjid Alhikmah and community centre. Please come back regularly to see the progress we are making. link
In the interest of providing as much information as possible on the project, we’ve included a number of downloadable files which explain more of the background.