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Property Update – October 2021

In: Committees, Hujjat, Property Team

Respected Scholars, Dear Elders, Brothers and Sisters
Salamun Alaikum

In these blessed days of the month of Rabiul Awal, we extend our felicitations to our present Imam Al Mahdi (ATFS) and to all the Muslim Ummah on the birth anniversary of Rasule Azam – Rahmatulil Alameen our beloved Prophet
Mohamed Mustafa SAWW and our 6th Imam Jaffer As-Sadiq AS as well as on the auspicious occasion of the coronation of our last infalliable descendant of our beloved Prophet Mohamed Mustafa SAWW, our present Imam Mahdi ATFS. On behalf of all the EC members we wish you and your respective families – Khushali Mubarak.

As per the Executive Committee commitment of providing monthly property updates, we are pleased to provide you with the latest position in relation to the works at our Beloved Centre.

Centre Restoration – Surveyors Update
As mentioned in September’s update, investigative works are now almost complete awaiting final drafts of the reports to be formally submitted to the insurers. As per the last update, Inshallah, these are all due to be completed by the end of October/beginning November paving way for tender packs to be compiled and issued to the respective contractors.
This detailed plan is needed to ensure the insurers and future contractors have a full understanding of the work required to restore the building.

Roof Investigation: Following extensive surveys since the scaffold access was provided – we have now heard back from Northwood Carter on the condition of the entire roof. James Carter and his team have written a very detailed report regarding each element of the roof, which is now being reviewed with the aim of sharing the options with the general body for the upcoming EGM.

Centre Restoration – Architect Update
Following Septembers update, our architects Studio Downie are making good progress in studying various proposals. They are also looking at new access/entry points and options to reconfigure the use of our main halls to get maximum capacity.

At the same time, they are actively exploring with the Heritage consultants to understand the limitations of our listed building and how we can increase the footprint of our centre while being in the conservation area. This report will be ready soon and after review by the property team, will be available for members perusal.

Temporary Steel Structure within the Centre
Following our pre planning application meeting, which was held with the Harrow Council officer, we still await written report from the council as part of Pre App to guide us what we need to do in regard to submitting plans for TSS or consider another option. This report is being chased up and Inshallah we will share the contents of the report in due course.

Internal temporary works at our Centre
As the site investigations are near completion, we are now in liaison with the insurers via Northwood Carter, regarding the option for temporary use of the ground floor area of our centre subject to the insurers approval. This would be in a similar format to a temporary structure, in that facilities such as carpets and lighting would be for temporary usage only. This will allow our community members to have access to our centre’s ground floor facilities in a safe manner. Inshallah, we will have further updates on this in due course.

Insha’Allah we continually strive to do our best to speed up the above processes as much as possible and are fully focused to call the General Body Meeting before the end of the year to provide our members with options to decide on the best way forward.

We are extremely grateful for the support from our members and volunteers throughout this period. May Allah SWT reward you all abundantly for your Duas and patience. Ameen.

Wassalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

By: Mohamedasif
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