Preston North End Associate Partner Cassidy + Ashton have had a successful breakthrough in their planning application for a landmark mosque, based in the heart of Preston.

Nearly a year after it was first greenlit by the city council, the Brick Veil Mosque off D’Urton Lane has outline planning approval.

The 16,000 sq ft mosque was the subject of an international RIBA design competition in 2021, which was won by London-based architect Luca Poian Forms. Coming in at three storeys, the focal point of the religious building is the 30-metre-tall minaret.

The planning approval for the mosque only covers the scheme’s outline application, although the layout included in this application is listed as one of the conditions for approval. A reserved matters application is set to be submitted in due course.

Alban Cassidy, director of Cassidy+Ashton, said he was “delighted” by the result.

“We have always argued that the overwhelming need for a mosque in Broughton and North Preston due to the growing Muslim population and the outstanding quality of the architecture justified planning permission being granted,” Cassidy said.

“It is so pleasing that first Preston City Council, then the planning inspector, and now the secretary of state have agreed with us,” he continued.

“This will be a wonderful landmark for the city to be enjoyed by the whole community for many years to come.”

This project, which is one of the highest profile projects they have ever supported, is testament to their expertise and commitment to help create high quality, attractive places to live, learn and share faith while meeting the needs of all of the community.

Cassidy + Ashton are a multi-disciplinary and award-winning practice of chartered architects, building surveyors, town planners and construction advisers with over 50+people.

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