Work on a massive new £15 million mosque in Cambridge’s Mill Road is now under way and it can be seen being built live on webcam.
The Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque, currently located in Mawson Road, off Mill Road, plans to move to the larger premises for 1,000 worshipers which was previously owned by Robert Sayle and is on the same road.
Planned to be an environmentally-friendly building, it will boast an underground car park, a prayer hall, a restaurant and a park.
The environmentally-friendly features in the mosque will include vegetation on the roof, a water recycling scheme, and natural lighting to reduce the need for artificial light. The plans were submitted to Cambridge City Council by the Muslim Academic Trust.
The Cambridge Muslim Community (CMC) started a ‘buy a brick’ appeal with initially 350,000 bricks for sale at £1.40 each, hoping to reach a £500,000 target.
The city has 7,000 Muslims and once the new mosque is built the total praying capacity in the city will be increased to 2,000.
There are five places of worship currently in use in Mawson Road, Devonshire Road, Gilbert Road, Darwin Drive and King’s Hedges Road.
The mosque project website says: “Exciting news! You can now watch the progress of the New Cambridge Mosque live on our dedicated webcam.
“Check in anytime to see what’s happening. Click here for the real-time feed and viewing options or bookmark and share our “Watch Live” page.”
The Cambridge Mosque Project’s Facebook page says: “You can now tune into our live webcam and watch the construction progress of the New Cambridge Mosque! Alhamdulillah, now that building has begun, let’s keep it moving with our donations and support.”