Muslim centre expansion to start within a year

Visualisation of the new building

Plans to expand the South Woodford Muslim Community Centre on Mulberry Way were approved by Redbridge Council in April. “We will now be undertaking the detailed design of the building, in which we will work more on the facade and materials… There is currently no start date, but I expect it will be within the next year, and I expect the time frame to be around 12 to 18 months,” said Shahed Saleem of Makespace Architects. Following demolition of the existing single storey building, a three-storey structure with a basement will be erected, with the community centre and place of worship occupying the ground floor and basement and four flats on the upper floors. The larger building will retain the current maximum occupancy of 250 members at any given time as part of the planning conditions.