Project information

The Maqam Centre

The Maqam Centre will provide a place for contemplative and creative expression, where the community at large, professionals, academics and artists can meet, work and interact. It will include a swimming pool, health spa, performance spaces and exhibition hall among other things.

The Centre is due to open by the end of 2011.

Charity information: Yusuf Islam Foundation

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  • Need


    London is famous throughout the world for its cultural and religious diversity. Within this cosmopolitan setting, there is a pressing need for bridge building to promote a better understanding of faith and cultural issues, and to show how diverse communities can integrate and work together for the greater good.


    The Maqam is a unique concept in contemporary education, health, and spirituality, bringing the opportunity for interactive learning and personal development into the heart of the community. Through creative and participatory courses and events, schools, the youth, local residents, public service workers and people at large will have access to entertaining and highly effective learning and self-improvement opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A healthier and more spiritually tolerant society, allowing us to share the things we hold in common


    » The ground floor provides a relaxed café, crèche and youth area along with a swimming pool and health spa.
    » The spacious main hall on the first floor provides a venue for performances, conferences, training courses, weddings, trade shows and lectures.
    » The second floor provides male and female contemplation rooms as well as an exhibition space and gallery. Major exhibitions will also be presented.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by having a broad range of individuals and organisations supporting and making use of the Centre, of all backgrounds and ages.

  • Impact


    The Centre hopes to create a place of friendship and mutual respect where people of all backgrounds will learn about themselves, the world around them, and the art of living better lives.


    The Centre is in the last stages of construction and we have worked to mitigate risks by putting in place a professional project design and management team and main contractor. A detailed business plan shows that the Maqam will generate a surplus income over and above identified costs. We are also liaising with like-minded centres and organisations, learning from their experiences, to ensure an active uptake of the services that will be offered.


    Regular web site updates and direct reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,260,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,730,000 Construction Completion of the final phase of construction, including fixtures and finishes
      £250,000 Equipment Loose fittings and equipment
      £280,000 Fees Professional fees, project management, architect, engineers, quantity surveyor, interior design
  • Background


    The Maqam is situated at the corner of Wrentham Avenue and Tiverton Road, overlooking the edge of the playing fields of Aylestone Park, London, NW10, in the Borough of Brent. Brent is home to a vibrant, culturally diverse community. The borough’s population has a relatively young age structure with 25% being in the 0 to 19 range and 37% in the 20 to 39 range.


    The Maqam Centre will benefit professionals, academics, artists, businesses and business people, together with local schools and residents.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has a track record of delivering successful projects. It currently runs two of the most successful independent schools in London – Islamia Girl’s Secondary (founded 1989) and Brondesbury College (founded 1996).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Yusuf Islam Foundation Together With Burke Rickhards Limited Are Working To Deliver This Project

    Burke Rickhards Limited is leading the design and project team on our behalf.


... adopt-a-tile in the Centre’s reception area!