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The Deluxe Group completes Europe's first eco-friendly mosque

Joinery company says it has completed work on Cambridge Mosque under a $1.2m contract from Gilbert-Ash in 2018

Europe's first eco-friendly mosque, Cambridge Mosque.
The Deluxe Group
Europe's first eco-friendly mosque, Cambridge Mosque.

Joinery firm The Deluxe Group announced it had completed work on Cambridge Mosque – said to be the first eco-friendly mosque in Europe – after being subcontracted for the job by Gilbert-Ash in May 2018 under a $1.2m contract. 

The Deluxe Group said the project followed a mandate to “meet the needs of the local 6,000 individuals from the Muslim community” in Cambridge, with a focus on making the structure as environment-friendly as possible.

Work carried out by The Deluxe Group included the build and fit-out of all interior and timber external doors, as well as detailed wall panelling in the prayer hall and additional woodwork throughout the structure.

In a statement, the firm said it used specialist timber, including Araputanga Mahogany and European Oak, to deliver prescriptive designs and comply with the project's sustainability requirements.

The Deluxe Group's Colm Connolly said of the scheme: “This was a very unique project which had detailed and prescriptive briefs that needed to be delivered with precision.

"Utilising our skilled workforce and specialist technology at our 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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