New Synagogue to be built in Brondesbury Park
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A new Synagogue in Brondesbury Park is to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of its community hall.
Kilburn based architects dMFK have been tasked with bringing back a Synagogue to the area for the growing Jewish community who live nearby.
An existing 1936 Synagogue, in Heathfield Park, Willesden, was sold to a Christian church 15 years ago.
The hall attached to it came into use for worshippers and will be demolished to accommodate the new building, due for completion 2017.
Julian de Metz, director of dMFK, said: “There is a friendly, successful and thriving community in the area which is growing.
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The idea is to take away this 1960’s hall which has no great merit and put back a really beautiful brick building. It’s quite modern, decorative and much more green, much more sustainable, will have a fraction of the heat loss that the current concrete building has.
Mr De Metz grandfather, Morris de Metz, was involved in the design the former synagogue 80 years ago. He added: “It’s lovely to be working next to a building my grandfather did, a high quality, distinctive building. This is an uplifting project.”
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The Synagogue will sit on three floors and contain a prayer hall, a community hall, a youth room, classrooms, a nursery and a Synagogue office.
Daniel Leon, director of Square Feet Architects, who acted as client on the planning application, couldn’t be pushed on the cost of the new Synagogue. He said: “It’s self funded, passing the hat around, lots of donations, the fundraising is going well.”
He added: “There’s been a demand and a desire for a new building. In the 50’s and 60’s there were five synagogues but slowly as Edgeware and Stanmore became more fashionable, the community dwindled.
“But we have the North West London Jewish School nearby which is celebrating its 70th year, people are coming back, the hall is packed with kids. There’s a great Rabbi there who is attracting people too, so often when there’s a celebration or festival it’s standing room only.
“This building has reached the end of its useful life so we commissioned dMFK to design us a new building. It’s a rebirth.”
Construction will start in the new year with an aim for completion in 2017.