The Cambridge Mosque Project planned the construction of this Grand Mosque in the Mill Road neighbourhood. The Cambridge Mosque Trust was established in 2008 by Timothy Winter, a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Cambridge, to raise fund for the project. A one-acre site at Mill Road was bought in 2008, and the new mosque, designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects, was unveiled in 2009. The mosque can accommodate a thousand worshipers, and the project includes an underground car park, a prayer hall, a restaurant and a park. It is also designed to be ecologically friendly. A further appeal to help raise funds for the mosque was launched in 2011.
Donations for the project have come from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Muslims from around the world. Plans for the mosque were submitted to the Cambridge City Council by the Muslim Academic Trust and it was approved by the council in 2012. The trustees of the Muslim Academic Trust (which are registered Charity No. 1065784) are Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and Tijani Gahbiche. Construction started in September 2016 and the mosque is scheduled to be completed in 2018.