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Tuesday29 July 2014

Mosque drops Mangera

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Young Architect of the Year runner-up Mangera Yvars’ flagship project — a huge mosque in east London — was in serious doubt this week after a shock announcement by client and evangelical Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat.

Speaking on BBC London News on Tuesday, Abdul Rashid Bhatti, a spokesman for the group, claimed Mangera Yvars had been dropped in favour of another architect and that the futuristic 50,000sq m Abbey Mills project in West Ham was being radically scaled down.

But practice founder Ali Mangera said the first he had heard of the plans was when he was phoned by the BBC just hours before broadcast.

“As far as we’re concerned, we have a contract and we expect the client to honour that,” he said.

“Whatever happens, we will not walk away from this project.”

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