East Anglia law firm Ashtons Legal advises on Cambridge mosque project

Sarah Duncan, Charles Webb and Emily Dixon of Ashtons Legal inside the new Cambridge mosque with Nic

Sarah Duncan, Charles Webb and Emily Dixon of Ashtons Legal inside the new Cambridge mosque with Nicolas Thanapoulos of contractor Gilbert Ash. Picture: Dave Richardson - Credit: Archant

Regional law firm Ashtons Legal has advised on the development of a new mosque being built in Cambridge.

Commercial property partner Charles Webb, from Ashtons’ Cambridge office, acted for the Muslim Academic Trust in the original purchase of the land and latterly for the Cambridge Mosque Trust which now owns the site.

Construction associate Sarah Duncan, based at Ashtons’ Ipswich office, assisted CMT Design and Build Ltd in drafting the development agreement, building contract, warranties and appointments to take the project forward.

And assistance was provided by corporate and commercial associate Mark Watson, from the firm’s Norwich office, who dealt with board minutes and notifications.

The mosque, due for completion in November, involves a total spend of around £24m, thought to make it the highest value mosque ever built in Europe.

At has also been described as Europe’s first “eco-mosque”, with the design including solar power, heat pumps and water recycling.

Sarah Duncan of Ashtons Legal said: “We were delighted to work on such a prestigious and unique development which involved a wide cross section of professionals and disciplines. We are now looking forward to seeing the result of the project team’s hard work when the mosque opens in November.”

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Tim Winter, chair of the Cambridge Mosque Trust, added: “This has been a complex multinational project involving many contractors and stakeholders, and we have been delighted by the dedication and astuteness with which Ashtons have supported our various legal needs.”