New mosque and community centre, Lambeth
Case study

New mosque and community centre, Lambeth

Mayer Brown provided transport planning consultancy services in relation to a new purpose-built mosque and community centre to replace outdated and unsuitable facilities.

We produced a Transport Statement, Travel Plan, Delivery & Servicing Management Plan, Visitors Management Plan, and Delivery & Construction Management Plan.

Friday lunchtime is the busiest period for the mosque with up to 1,000 worshippers at the Jumu’ah (congregational prayer), compared to around 150 on other days. iTrace surveys indicated that approximately 80% of attendees travel by foot or public transport, with just 15% traveling as car drivers.

There were significant concerns from local residents and the local authority over the impact of mosque attendees parking in surrounding roads, which are known to be close to capacity in terms of parking. A Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) was introduced by the London Borough of Lambeth during the pre-application period, with the project team ensuring that the hours of operation were extended to include the Friday Jumu’ah prayer period; this removed the local authority concerns regarding parking demand.

Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design
Environmental Assessment

Details

New Lambeth Mosque project

We were employed by the South London Islamic Centre (SLIC) to undertake transport planning work for the redevelopment of their site in Lambeth to provide a new purpose-built mosque and community centre. The proposed centre will build upon existing facilities provided at SLIC, including the provision of a bookshop, library, sports hall and gym, café at ground floor level, a creche for parents using other facilities within the building, additional classrooms, function and conference room provision, dedicated study room and additional prayer space.

Our work

We produced a Transport Statement, Travel Plan, Delivery & Servicing Management Plan, Visitors Management Plan, and Delivery & Construction Management Plan.

The scope

Friday lunchtime is the busiest period for the mosque with up to 1,000 worshippers at the Jumu’ah (congregational prayer), compared to around 150 on other days. Concerns were raised by the local authority that numbers attending might increase beyond this level, with the knock-on effect this could have on surrounding transport infrastructure. As a result, consideration was given to the capacity of various prayer rooms, methods to prevent other rooms from being used for this purpose (for example no intercom), and fire capacity.

Additionally, a sensitivity test was undertaken to determine the impact if there was an increase in usage; which indicated only minimal impact and change in vehicle generation of a level that could be accommodated on surrounding roads.

Surveys

iTRACE-compatible travel surveys of attendees were undertaken, with over 1,500 responses received over a week. This indicated that travel by foot and bus across the various prayer sessions accounted for just under 80% of trips. Around 15% arrived as car drivers.

Parking surveys of surrounding streets were also undertaken, broadly in line with the Lambeth methodology. Through the pre-application discussions with local authorities, as well as from comments received from the public in relation to previous applications, there were significant concerns over the impact of mosque attendees parking on surrounding roads, which are known to be close to capacity in terms of parking. Parking surveys showed no noticeable increase or change in demand during Friday's Jumu’ah prayers, the time when the mosque is likely to have the most considerable impact.

Controlled parking zone

A Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) was introduced during the pre-application period, with the project team ensuring that the hours of operation were extended to include the Friday Jumu’ah prayer period, which has removed the majority of local authority concerns regarding parking demand.

Case Study Conclusion

Planning consent was granted for the site in March 2022.

We have also recently undertaken similar transport planning work for a new mosque on Old Kent Road, which received consent in late 2018 and for which construction is commencing. We are also undertaking transport planning inputs for a new mosque site in Welwyn Garden City.

For more information in relation to this project or assistance with a similar scheme, please contact Richard Gregory at rgregory@mayerbrown.co.uk or call on 0117 925 1027.

 

Image Credit: UWA Architects


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