Winning Broughton mosque design announced by Royal Institute of British Architects

Posted on - 17th September, 2021 - 4:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Fulwood, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment
The winning design. Pic: Luca Poian Forms

The Royal Institute of British Architects has today announced the winners of the Broughton mosque design competition.


The news follows a deferred planning application for the mosque, which arose due to the competition. The building also faced refusal due to its location in the open countryside.

London-based architectural practice Luca Poian Forms has won the international RIBA Competition for the new mosque design.

Read more: Broughton mosque plans deferred pending further details

Pic: Luca Poian Forms

The client was looking for a design to create a timeless landmark building. Following lengthy consideration and discussion, the evaluation panel unanimously selected the brick veil design by Luca Poian Forms as the overall winner.

Luca Poian said: “By virtue of its scale, form, and materiality, the mosque will be executed as a highly refined building that celebrates Islamic tradition whilst also paying homage to British craft.

“Working on projects that will have a profound community impact is at the core of our ethos, as well as delivering uniquely iconic architecture that will stand the test of time

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Pic: Luca Poian Forms

“This competition was a truly unique opportunity to achieve both goals hand-in-hand, and we’re looking forward to fostering a close relationship with our client as well as with other key community stakeholders to ensure the project is delivered to the highest standard.

“We are thankful for the opportunity, and we look forward to carrying this project to fruition.”

In the proposal, the building’s elliptical design allows visitors to observe the structure from several viewpoints. The minaret tower refers to Lancashire’s cotton mill chimneys and celebrates the local history.

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Pic: Luca Poian Forms

The international competition attracted over 200 entries from 40 different countries. The five practices shortlisted for the second phase are as follows:

  • Blankpage Architects, Lebanon
  • Borough Architects + buchhandler-nelli + elca, Cambridge, UK
  • Luca Poian Forms, London, UK
  • Mcheileh Studio, New York (highly commended by the evaluation panel)
  • Tabe Shouri, New York

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