Group reacts to credit crunch and asks architet Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to look at other options

Plans for a Jewish Community Centre in North London are being rethought due to the “change in the economic climate”.

The group behind the JCC announced that it has asked architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to look at other options for the site on Finchley Road.

The architect was appointed to design the 7,000m2 building in April last year ahead of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Foreign Office Architects, and Rafael Vinoly.

But the impact of the credit crunch means that plans for the centre will have to go back to the drawing board.

Nick Viner, chief executive of the JCC, said: “We are obviously disappointed that we cannot go ahead with the current scheme and want to pay tribute to Alex Lifschutz and the whole design team for their outstanding work.

"Meanwhile, I remain absolutely committed to the project and its long-term vision to create a Jewish community centre for the community.”