Work will start on building a huge new mosque in a Preston conservation area next month.
Crews have completed the demolition of the Masjid-e-Salaam mosque on Watling Street Road, Fulwood, and are expected to clear the site this week.
Alban Cassidy, planning agent from Preston-based Cassidy and Ashton, confirmed contractors Leach Structural Steelwork expect to start work on a 12-month project on the new purpose-built within weeks.
A spokesman for the Preston Muslim Society said the new mosque would be built with “only the best materials” and to a high specification to ensure it sticks to planning permission granted earlier this year.
He said work to take around two years to complete with the new building expected to be “water-tight” within 12 months.
During a two-year building programme, the society is hosting prayers in a temporary mosque on a site on nearby Sharoe Green Lane, once earmarked for a new mosque.