Tonight members of the West Norfolk Islamic Association will be attending a national awards ceremony to find out whether their centre in Lynn’s London Road is a winner.
The building at 14-15 London Road has already been selected as the Best Public Service Building in the Local Authority Building Control East Anglian Building Excellence awards. The award took into account design, build and serviceability. The LABC’s awards recognise the most innovative and creative building solutions in the land.
West Norfolk Islamic Association president Mr A Gabbair and his brother and director of the Lynn centre, Mr Jawed Azam, will be attending the LABC’s Building Excellence Awards Grand Final at London’s Lancaster Hotel.
The ceremony will be attended by more than 600 building industry professionals including contractors, architects, designers and local authority building control surveyors.
Said Jawed: “The WNIA was ecstatic and overjoyed to have won the regional award, particularly as we are such a small organisation. It was a community effort and a community win. To be at the national awards with all the professionals of the building world, makes us very proud.”
Jawed project-managed the ten-month refurbishment of the London Road venue, which was formerly the Queen’s Arms pub. “We were on a shoe string budget. We completely gutted and redesigned the interior of the building. As it is in a conservation area, we were limited to what we could do outside, except to tidy it up. Throughout the project, we used local contractors and suppliers for our materials. We had many businesses who helped us, including major electrical works by the Lighthouse Electrical Contractors in Hunstanton.
“We finished the project and opened in October 2014, the Day of Hajj. Recently, with the Civic Society, we took part in the Heritage Open Day and we had a fantastic response from the general public. We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback. People said the building was a real gem to have in our town. Our concept was to make the centre available for all cultures within the local community and it is available for use by local businesses, social clubs and the wider community.”