Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque gets $1.2m timber design

Europe’s first eco-friendly mosque gets $1.2m timber design
Published: 15 August 2019 - 7:22 a.m.

Northern Irish joinery manufacturer The Deluxe Group has finished a timber fit-out for what is being described as Europe’s first green mosque.

It is located in Cambridge, UK, and features zero carbon on-site emissions, rainwater harvesting and air source heat pumps.

Under a $1.2m (AED4.4m) contract awarded by UK building contractor Gilbert-Ash, The Deluxe Group, which has worked on projects in the Middle East, was appointed to deliver a full scope of joinery works.

This included the building and fit-out of all interior and timber external doors, as well as detailed wall panelling in the prayer hall and additional woodwork.

Brazilian mahogany and European oak were the material choices, selected to deliver a prescriptive design that stays in touch with the sustainability mandate.

Colm Connolly, director of the fit-out contractor, said the joinery for the sustainable mosque was “delivered with precision” and made with care.

“Utilising our skilled workforce and specialist technology at our state-of-the-art facilities, we were able to manufacture exacting joinery pieces which followed the mathematical geometrics and intricate details required for this religious building. Working closely with the mosque’s specialist representative and Marks Barfield Architects, our team of in-house craftsmen then fitted the woodwork on-site in Cambridge.

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