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The Maqam Centre

Waqf Al-Birr Educational Trust / The Yusuf Islam Foundation
Contract Value
£3.2 Million
Sport & Leisure

BRL Architects were appointed by the Yusef Islam Foundation to complete the renovations and conversion of a former Catholic church to provide a multi-faith centre to the community of Brent, North London.

The foundation developed a concept to bring groups from different faiths together in a single building, which would foster community relationships and shared experiences.

This exciting project was designed internally to provide an indoor swimming pool, health spa, a large multi-use performance hall, exhibition space, community facilities and a café.

Internally, the design ethos was developed in close collaboration with various community groups and stakeholders to provide a series of spaces that allowed for a welcoming and peaceful environment. Natural materials used both internally and externally brought cohesion to the architecture and facilitated a sense of relaxation and harmony.

Whilst maintaining the architectural integrity of the existing structure, BRL designed a series of external interventions to breathe new life into the former church, which had been vacant for a number of years.