Mosque Maintenance and Development Projects
(September 2004 – December 2005)
Project(1): Maintenance and refurbishment of the annex (The mosque’s house)
Importance of the project: The monthly running cost of the mosque is £3300. This is only partially covered by the weekly collections. However, the need for the mosque to have a regular source of income is of paramount importance. It is hoped once the project is completed; it will generate a monthly income of £1600.
Description: The house is in a very poor condition and a total refurbishment is needed. The plan is to convert the house into 2 flats; 3bedroom flat and a 5 bedroom flat.
Project (2): Central heating upgrading
Importance of the project: The main hall of the mosque, which can accommodate up to 400 people, is currently heated with outdated, inefficient gas heaters. The women’s halls, which accommodate 200 people, have small electric heaters that are expensive to operate and inefficient to use.
Description: To provide a central heating system that will heat the mosque adequately and efficiently. This will reduce the running cost of the mosque.
Project (3): Basement repairs and refurbishment
Importance of the project: The basement has been flooded twice in the past 5 years and has become unusable. The continual state of dampness could have detrimental effect on the structure of the basement.
Description: A complete solution to prevent further floods in the future and a complete refurbishment of the basement.
Project (4): Mosque Extension and multi-function halls
Importance of the project: We want to extend the Mosque to accommodate the increasing number of attendees. Also the mosque currently lacks halls which can be used to hold social, recreational and sports activities. It is important to provide such a hall to hold activities for the youth who might otherwise go to other places where the environment is un-Islamic. These halls could also be used to hold activities for the young people during Taraweeh in the month of Ramadan. They could also include classrooms that could enhance the education of our youth.
Description: To build a multi-function halls that will provide a suitable venue for social activities for the community and for educational, sports and recreational activities for the youth.
Project (5): Audio-visual system and translation.
Importance of the project: This is considered to be a vital project. Currently, the khutbahs are translated following the khutbah in Arabic. This doubles the prayer time and is further complicated by the occasional unavailability of a translator. This will also help provide the facility of sign language interpretation for brothers and sisters with hearing difficulties.
Description: the system, when purchased and installed, will comprise of screens that will provide instant subtitles. This will serve a dual purpose of both providing English-Arabic-English translation and interpretation facilities for the various events held in the mosque as well as sign language facilities.
Project (6): Disabled access
Importance of the project: The mosque currently is not fully accessible by wheelchair users. The building needs to be brought up to date with regulations concerning accessibility.
Description: A disabled access integrated into the main entrance plus a lift as well as some improvements to the main entrance and staircases.
Project (7): Safety and security system
Importance of the project: The need could not be stressed enough especially when we take into consideration the current volatile climate with regard to mosques and Muslim communities in the UK
Description: This includes an advanced fire alarm system, CCTV cameras and adequate fire exits.